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America Observed, from the 1940s to the 1980s

Bacall, Lauren]; Cooke, Alistair; Wells, Ronald A. (ed., intro.)

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1988
ISBN 10: 0394573420 / ISBN 13: 9780394573427
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Title: America Observed, from the 1940s to the ...

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First American Edition.

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Cloth-backed paper over boards; dust jacket; 8vo; pp. [xiv], [233]. Inscribed by the author to Lauren Bacall, "for BETTY (Low-reen Bake-all), this memoir of Battles we all survived: Aristotle: Nov. 20, 88!!!" Cooke was fond of inscribing to friends with a nickname (in this case, "Aristotle"), and the handwriting is his. Lauren Bacall was born in the Bronx as Betty Joan Perske, and only close friends and loved ones used her real name. Bacall was a life-long democrat, and may have known Cooke through her political activities. Lauren Bacall (1924-2014) was an American actress known for her distinctive voice and sultry looks. Howard Hawks (director, producer, screenwriter) changed her first name to Lauren, and Perske adopted "Bacall," a variant of her mother's maiden name (of Romanian Jewish descent), as her screen surname. The young Lauren Bacall, worked as an usher at the St. James Theatre, and as a fashion model. She made her acting debut on Broadway in 1942, at age 17, as a walk-on in "Johnny 2x4." By then, she lived with her mother on Bank Street, Greenwich Village, and in 1942 she was crowned Miss Greenwich Village. Though Diana Vreeland is often credited with "discovering" Bacall, putting her on the cover of "Vogue" in 1943, much of the iconography surrounding Bacall she cultivated herself with the help of Nancy Hawks, Howard Hawks's wife, who advised Bacall on clothing, elegance, manners, and taste. Even Bacall's trademark voice required arduous training -- at Hawks's suggestion, Bacall worked with a voice coach to make her voice lower and deeper. Her screen debut as the leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film "To Have and Have Not" (1944) made her an instant star. She married Bogart in 1945, and continued in the film noir genre alongside him in "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Dark Passage" (1947), and "Key Largo" (1948). She starred in the romantic comedies "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953) with Marilyn Monroe, and "Designing Woman" (1957) with Gregory Peck. She co-starred with John Wayne in his final film, "The Shootist" (1976). Bacall worked on Broadway in musicals, earning Tony Awards for "Applause" (1970) and "Woman of the Year" (1981). Bookseller Inventory # JC11779

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Synopsis: "America Observed" provides, for the first time, a collection of Alistair Cooke's memorable dispatches to "The Guardian" written between 1946 and 1972, the year that he retired as the paper's chief American correspondent. Ronald Wells has selected over 50 interpretative peices that span the great range of Cooke's reporting: politics, literature, sport, vignettes of regional life, long-gone Presidents from Truman to Nixon, the racial turmoil of the 1960s and profiles of Americans as various as Frank Lloyd Wright and Garry Cooper, Eleanor Roosevelt and Marilyn Monroe. Alistair Cooke is best know for his weekly BBC broadcast "Letter from America" which is heard in 52 countries and is the longest-running radio series in broadcasting history. He is author of three collections: "Talk About America", "Letters from America" and "The Americans".

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