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Preston Sturges was the great writer and director of Hollywood screwball comedies of the thirties and forties. Sullivan's Travels, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, and The Great McGinty have become film classics, demonstrating brilliant, inventive writing and directing. At the height of his career, Sturges had not only won an Academy Award but was also one of the most highly paid executives in the country.

The only account of his life in his own words, Preston Sturges by Preston Sturges unveils the source of his extraordinary creativity: a life that was every bit as antic and unconventional as his movies. From growing up in Europe with a mother whose best friend was Isadora Duncan to making his way among the beau monde of New York -- including a marriage to Barbara Hutton's cousin Eleanor -- Sturges drew on a wealth of madcap experiences to create films of unprecedented comic originality. Working with her husband's wonderfully descriptive journals, Sandy Sturges has woven a captivating narrative that reveals a man of remarkable intellect, energy, and warmth.

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It can be argued that the films Preston Sturges wrote and directed from 1940 through 1944 (including Sullivan's Travels and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek ) constitute the best comedies in the history of film; certainly they are the best of the 1940s. Sturges died largely forgotten and in greatly reduced circumstances in 1959. His unfinished autobiography and other private papers have been adapted and edited by his widow for this book. Parts of the material have previously appeared in other biographies, and film fans will be initially disappointed to find that the movies are mentioned only in rather cursory fashion in the last quarter of this work. More than a film biography, however, this is valuable as an account of life among the rich bohemian set in the early part of this century. As in Sturges's films, the tone here is simultaneously cynical and warm. The same talent that made most of his films brilliant makes this an excellent book.
-John Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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