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Book Title: The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century|
The author of the book: Margaret Talbot
ISBN 13: 9781594487064
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Edition: Riverhead Books
Date of issue: November 8th 2012
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Using the life and career of her father, an early Hollywood actor, New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot tells the thrilling story of the rise of popular culture through a transfixing personal lens. The arc of Lyle Talbot’s career is in fact the story of American entertainment. Born in 1902, Lyle left his home in small-town Nebraska in 1918 to join a traveling carnival. From there he became a magician’s assistant, an actor in a traveling theater troupe, a romantic lead in early talkies, then an actor in major Warner Bros. pictures with stars such as Humphrey Bogart and Carole Lombard, then an actor in cult B movies, and finally a part of the advent of television, with regular roles on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and Leave It to Beaver. Ultimately, his career spanned the entire trajectory of the industry.
In her captivating, impeccably researched narrative—a charmed combination of Hollywood history, social history, and family memoir—Margaret Talbot conjures warmth and nostalgia for those earlier eras of ’10s and ’20s small-town America, ’30s and ’40s Hollywood. She transports us to an alluring time, simpler but also exciting, and illustrates the changing face of her father’s America, all while telling the story of mass entertainment across the first half of the twentieth century.
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Read information about the authorMargaret Talbot is a non-fiction writer, who has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2003, and before that was a contributing writer at The New York Times magazine, executive editor of The New Republic, and a founding editor of Lingua Franca: The Review of Academic Life. In addition to those publications, she has written for The Atlantic, The National Geographic, More, Slate and Salon.com.
Margaret grew up in Studio City, California, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and has a Master's Degree in History from Harvard University.
Her reporting and essays have been collected in a number of anthologies, including The Art of the Essay, The Best American Science Writing. and Because I Said So. Margaret is the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award, and is a former senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
Her first book, The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century was published by Riverhead in November 2012, and will be available in paperback in November 2013.
She lives in Washington D.C., with her husband, writer Arthur Allen, and their two children, Ike and Lucy. Margaret serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.