[Item #5641] A Dreadful Man: A Personal Intimate Book About George Sanders. Brian Aherne, George Sanders.
A Dreadful Man: A Personal Intimate Book About George Sanders
A Dreadful Man: A Personal Intimate Book About George Sanders
A Dreadful Man: A Personal Intimate Book About George Sanders
A Dreadful Man: A Personal Intimate Book About George Sanders

A Dreadful Man: A Personal Intimate Book About George Sanders

ISBN: 0671247972
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1979. First Edition. Hardcover. "In 1972, Broadway and movie actor George Sanders committed suicide at the age of 65 because, he wrote in a note he left, "I am bored." Brian Aherne, himself a famous and distinguished actor, was one of Sanders' close friends. In this intimate biography, he takes us into the private life of an amazingly talented star whose unpredictable behavior and brash temperament often led the author to joke that he was "a dreadful man," but who was nonetheless capable of genuine kindness and compassion." (from front flap) A biography-memoir of George Sanders (1906-1972), the acclaimed British-born actor of stage & especially screen during the Golden Age of Hollywood. A favorite of this writer, Sanders' elegant & witty character-actor performances in films including as Lord Henry Wotton in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) & as Addison DeWitt in All About Eve (1950) steal the show, as the saying goes, making the most of relatively short screen-time. The author, Brian Ahern (1902-1986), was also a British-born classic actor, a contemporary & friend of Sanders; & as noted on jacket front cover & title page, he was "assisted" in this work by Sanders' own recollections & those of Sanders' third wife, the actress Benita Hume (1907-1967). With a section of captioned historical photographs of Sanders & glamorous Co. Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with $9.95 price printed at front flap, "0979" at rear flap), first edition though not explicated as such on copyright page; the number sequence thereon begins with "2" but the certain first-issue status of the jacket per above & the fact that this copy is a remainder (see below) indicates to us that this is a first printing, for which some publishers use this type of indication. A delightful & disturbing biography of a most fascinating & complex subject, in its rarest original form. Book in near-fine condition with mild rubbing, browning & fading to front, back covers & spine (silver-gilt letters & graphics at spine quite bright & intact); light wear, fading, browning, occasional spotting & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; moderate bending of spine toward front; moderate spotting & mild browning to upper edge of text block; much less at side & lower edges of same; publisher's logo remainder mark stamp in faded black ink at lower edge of same near spine. Interior very fine with only light browning to blank paste-downs & endpapers, page leaves (mostly at blank margins/edges). Dust jacket near-fine with mild rubbing, browning & faint scratching to front, back covers, spine & flaps; slight wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; very short, mostly closed tear at upper spine-edge with miniscule loss of paper, surface paper. Near Fine / Near Fine. [Item #5641]

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