Title: Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Publication Date: 1995
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Crisp, Clean, Bright And Tight. Stated First Edition. First Printing. The Dust Jacket Is In Very Good Condition And Is Now Within A Protective Mylar Sleeve. Also Includes A Bookmark With A Picture Of Richard Pryor. A Wonderful Section Of B/W Photo Illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # 009567
Synopsis: The personal memoirs of a revolutionary comedian follows Pryor's streetwise childhood, early successes, battle with cocaine, six marriages, quadruple-bypass surgery, and diagnosis with multiple sclerosis. 75,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo.
Review: At the height of his career, Richard Pryor did something no other comedian had done up to that point: he took listeners deeply into his life, baring himself before audiences as he exposed his foibles and his follies, his tumultuous dealings with women and his misadventures with drugs. "People can't always handle it," he writes in Pryor Convictions. "But I knew that if you tell the truth, it's going to be funny." The pain and truth came from Pryor's earliest years--from his childhood in Peoria, Illinois, where he was raised in bars and whorehouses, and sexually assaulted by an older boy when he was just 6 years old. After a stint in the army, Pryor set out to become an entertainer and began making the slow climb from hole-in-the-wall nightclubs to stardom. Sometimes profane, but always funny, Pryor Convictions is a no-holds-barred autobiography told in Pryor's inimitable comic voice.
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