Chaplin and Agee by John Wranovics
The Untold Story of the Tramp, the Writer, and the Lost Screenplay

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Chaplin and Agee charts the friendship between James Agee, author of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Pulitzer Prize-winning A Death in the Family and screenwriter for American classics including The African Queen, and Charlie Chaplin, who starred in a staggering number of films from 1914 to 1967. This friendship emerged in the midst of the tumult of the 1940s and 1950s, with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, McCarthyism and blacklisting. In print here for the first time is Agee's first screenplay, The Tramp's New World, lost until recently. The striking screenplay--a comedy "so dark it was without precedent"--was written for Chaplin's tramp character and set in post-apocalyptic New York. Chaplin and Agee also features many previously unpublished letters and photographs. As the story moves from Hollywood to Greenwich Village, these two figures come to life, revealing the untold story of the great bond between two influential twentieth-century artists.

About John Wranovics

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John Wranovics is a Director of Marketing for a leading electronics and computing manufacturer who has written for The Boston Book Review. He lives in Pleasanton, California.
Published May 9, 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Agee also made copious notes for Chaplin on his new film, ''Limelight.'' Agee was a serious drinker and smoker and, as Wranovics writes, ''was plagued with insomnia and frequently spent nights in local taverns until the last call.'' Agee was keenly aware of his own mortality;

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It was quickly passed over by Chaplin and actually had little to do with the duo's eventual friendship, which was more significantly catalyzed by Agee's positive 1947 review of Chaplin's otherwise maligned drama Monsieur Verdeaux-a point that Wranovics, a marketing executive for an electronics an...

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CHAPLIN AND AGEE is the story of a screenplay and, as a result, has the right to be a little bit glamorous.

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