Elvis Presley by BobbieAnn Mason
(Penguin Lives)

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A vibrant, sympathetic portrait of the once and future king of rock ?n? roll by the award-winning author of Shiloh and In Country

To this clear-eyed portrait of the first rock ?n? roll superstar, Bobbie Ann Mason brings a novelist?s insight and the empathy of a fellow Southerner who, from the first time she heard his voice on the family radio, knew that Elvis was ?one of us.? Elvis Presley deftly braids the mythic and human aspects of his story, capturing both the charismatic, boundary-breaking singer who reveled in his celebrity and the soft-spoken, working-class Southern boy who was fatally unprepared for his success. The result is a riveting, tragic book that goes to the heart of the American dream.


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Bobbie Ann Mason is the author of In Country, Shiloh and Other Stories, An Atomic Romance, Nancy Culpepper, and a memoir, Clear Springs. She is the winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, two Southern Book Awards, and numerous other prizes, including the O. Henry and the Pushcart. She was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the American Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. She is writer-in-residence at the University of Kentucky.
Published July 31, 2007 by Penguin Books. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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“Elvis was born into the mind-set of poverty,” she reminds us: “the deference toward authority and the insolent snarl underlying it.” This instinctive understanding is particularly helpful in addressing the thorny question of Presley’s loyalty to Colonel Parker, whose focus on the fast buck playe...

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Novelist Mason distinguishes her entry in the admirable Penguin Lives series from other Presley biographies by evincing acute sympathy for and understanding of the impoverished life that yielded such rich music.

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The Penguin Lives series brings us short biographies of famous people by writers who purport to know something about the lives in question: Larry McMurtry on Crazy Horse, for instance.

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