Fosse by Sam Wasson

91%

7 Critic Reviews

Six hundred pages that, in telling the life of Fosse, seem hardly enough. And oh, it is amazingly well written.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

“Wasson is a smart and savvy reporter, and his book abounds with colorful firsthand tales.” — Janet Maslin, New York Times

“Fascinating . . . Wasson has taken complete control of his subject.” — Wall Street Journal

The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Bob Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment. His signature style would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosse’s innumerable—including Cabaret, Pippin, All That Jazz, and Chicago, one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever—his offstage life was shadowed by deep wounds and insatiable appetites.

To craft this richly detailed account, best-selling author Sam Wasson has drawn on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources: friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of them speaking publicly about Fosse for the first time. With propulsive energy and stylish prose, Fosse is the definitive biography of one of Broadway and Hollywood’s most complex and dynamic icons.

“Spellbinding.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Impeccably researched.” —Vanity Fair

An NPR Best Book of the Year
 

About Sam Wasson

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SAM WASSON is the author of the New York Times bestseller Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M .: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman and two works of film criticism. He is a visiting professor of film at Wesleyan University.
 
Published November 5, 2013 by Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 757 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 10 2013

...a deeply insecure artist who wanted to be a writer and was always certain his productions would fail...Graceful prose creates a richly detailed and poignant portrait, simultaneously inspiring and depressing.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Sep 23 2013

Throughout, he spotlights vivid supporting sketches of celebrities from Fred Astaire (who "danced even when he stood still") to Liza Minnelli ("a strange, spastic show-biz animal").

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by John McWhorter on Dec 06 2013

Wasson, a visiting professor of film at Wesleyan University, explains Fosse’s achievement in prose that apparently is meant to summon the spirit of a Fosse show.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Nov 06 2013

Whoever Fosse was and whatever his work meant, Mr. Wasson’s book is required reading for anyone eager to understand his brand of...razzle-dazzle.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe on Nov 05 2013

Six hundred pages that, in telling the life of Fosse, seem hardly enough. And oh, it is amazingly well written.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Ethan Mordden on Nov 08 2013

In Sam Wasson's fascinating and exhaustive biography, we meet the man behind the style—a micromanaging perfectionist and a reckless womanizer, a cultivator of friendships and a despotic showrunner.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Bob Mondello on Nov 07 2013

Fosse is filled with the kind of inside detail that comes of substantial research, and vivid descriptions that turn the research into a sort of movie in your head.

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