[Item #6326] The House of Barrymore. Ethel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Margot Peters.
The House of Barrymore
The House of Barrymore
The House of Barrymore
The House of Barrymore

The House of Barrymore

ISBN: 0394553217
New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990. First Edition. Hardcover. "...Margot Peters brings her exceptional gifts to a full-scale life of the "royal family" of American theatre and film- and the result is a book bursting with vitality, legend, anecdote and insight. The House of Barrymore begins in the 1860s with Louisa, Mrs. John Drew, the greatest Comedienne of her time, mother of the brilliant Georgiana ("Georgie") Drew Barrymore, and mother-in-law of the vaudeville star and matinee idol Maurice Barrymore. But it is the children of Georgie and Maurice who are at the heart of the book- Ethel, Lionel, and John, the most extraordinary members of an extraordinary family, the first great actors of the American stage to become, as well, great stars of American film." (from front flap) The acclaimed & comprehensive door-stopper biography of the fabled Barrymore family by Margot Peters (1933-2022), the award-winning, popular & prolific American biographer & novelist. This epic true-life tale emphasizes (as noted above) the iconic trio of siblings- Ethel, John & Lionel Barrymore- whose impact on American theatre & film was unprecedented & still resonates. With a section of captioned historical photographs of the Barrymores on-&-off stage & screen; extensive notes. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition as stated on copyright page, first printing, though not explicated as such thereon per custom of this publisher. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum, world travellers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art & books- the dearly beloved parents of this grieving writer. Well do I remember watching films in which the Barrymores starred, including Grand Hotel (1932), with my parents, who were deep appreciators of classic films & their actors. An enchanting, larger-than-life, stranger-than-fiction, most-rewarding Peters collective biography in its rarest contemporary form & with distinguished provenance. Book in very fine condition with only a touch of wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; very slight bending of upper binding toward front; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket very fine with only very slight rubbing, faint scratching to front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same & flaps. An extra handling fee will be added for shipping due to the weight of this item. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #6326]

Price: $40.00