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Dear Boris: The Life of William Henry Pratt, a.k.a. Boris Karloff

Lindsay, Cynthia

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ISBN 10: 0394475798 / ISBN 13: 9780394475790
Published by Knopf, New York, 1975
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover in dust jacket. Large 4to. First printing. Book and unclipped jacket are crisp and clean. Profusely illustrated with movie stills and photos from real life. 273 pp. including a complete filmography. In protective Mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 73485

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Title: Dear Boris: The Life of William Henry Pratt,...

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First edition

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This chatty biography, written with the cooperation of the late actor's family, is crammed with anecdotes, personal opinions, and warm humor, said our reviewer (LJ 2/15/76) of this portrait of the horror star, who played every baddie from Frankenstein's monster to Dr. Seuss's Grinch. The text is buttressed with 150 photos and a complete filmography. This should still be "popular in public library collections". Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Today, Boris Karloff is known principally for his portrayal of the Frankenstein monster and his narration of the television special How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He was, in fact, an amazingly talented actor whose characteristic lisp never kept him from playing a great variety of parts. Author Cynthia Lindsay was a personal friend of Karloff's for more than 30 years. As she tells the story of his life, she not only brings forth the consummate professional who felt that to act was to live but also describes Karloff as an extraordinarily warm and genteel man, the antithesis of the roles he is most famous for. A full filmography and hundreds of photographs are included in this loving biography.

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