The Richard Burton Diaries
by Richard Burton , Chris Williams
Editor: Yale University Press
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Irresistibly magnetic on stage, bewitching in movies, seven-time Oscar nominated, Richard Burton rose from his humble beginnings in Wales to become Hollywood’s best-paid actor and England’s most admired Shakespearean performers or artistsHis romance epic with Elizabeth Taylor, his legendary drinking and telling a story, his dazzling purchases (huge diamonds, a jet, houses on several continents), and his immense talent kept him constantly in the public eyeYet the man behind the facade celebrity realized a surprising burden of insecurity and struggled with the particular challenges of a life lived largely in the limelightThis volume publishes Burton’s extensive personal diaries in their entirety for the first timeHis writings span many years-from 1939, when he was still a teenager, to 1983, a year before his death, and they reveal him in his most private moments, questioning his triumphs and demons, his loves and his tearsThe journal entries appear in the original sequence, with annotations to clarify people, places, books and events Burton mentionsFrom these handwritings the pages emerge a multi-dimensional of man, not a mere flashy celebrityWhile Burton touched the shoulders with the lights shining among them, Olivia de Havilland, John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Laurence Olivier, John Huston, Dylan Thomas, and Edward Albee-he also played real-life supporting roles in the family of the man, father, husband, and very intelligent, observant, and intelligent man.His diaries offer a rare and new perspective on his own life and career, and on the glamour of the mid-twentieth century decades.
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