Drama by John Lithgow

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"A memoir as finely crafted as one of Lithgow’s performances."
—Steve Martin

Emmy Award-winner John Lithgow presents a charming, witty, and revealing memoir about his family, his work, and his life in Drama—an intimate story of insights and inspirational reflections from one of America’s most beloved actors. Lithgow pays tribute to his father, his greatest influence, and relives his collaborations with renowned performers and directors including Mike Nichols, Bob Fosse, Liv Ullmann, Meryl Streep, and Brian De Palma. A compelling reflection on the trials, triumphs, and changes across his long career, Lithgow’s Drama illuminates the inner life of a celebrated talent, and points the way forward for anyone aspiring to greatness in their own life.


About John Lithgow

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John Lithgow is an award-winning actor, who has starred on stage, film and television. A New York Times bestselling author of eight books for children, he lives in New York and Los Angeles.
Published September 27, 2011 by Harper. 451 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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(Later, we learn that the story—“Uncle Fred Flits By”—became the centerpiece of Lithgow’s one-man show Stories by Heart, a work he still performs regularly.) The author records fondly the peripatetic lifestyle of his childhood.

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Book Reporter

From primary education at various schools in Ohio, New Jersey and Massachusetts, and growing up the son of the highly skilled and regarded actor/director Arthur Lithgow, John Lithgow learned the craft at an early age.

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The highly articulate memoir plods along as the actor recounts his younger self. But the book dives deeper when he confronts his relationship with his father head-on.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Studying a photograph of his 2-year-old self in a production of “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” actor John Lithgow writes in his memoir, Drama: An Actor’s Education, “I was … oblivious, a faun in the headlights.” Lithgow notes that the photograph does not hint at “a future in the theater.” Yet a rea...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Although some of the advice that he offers to aspiring actors in Drama might come across as business as usual, Lithgow delivers his advice with honesty and contagious curiosity stories about acting and its place in life.

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