I, Fatty by Jerry Stahl

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In this highly acclaimed novel, the author of Permanent Midnight channels fallen early-Hollywood star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Fatty tells his own story of success, addiction, and a precipitous fall from grace after being framed for a brutal crime-a national media scandal that set the precedent for those so familiar today.

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Jerry Stahl: Jerry Stahl is the author of six books, including the memoir Permanent Midnight, (made into a movie with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson) and the novels I, Fatty and Pain Killers. Formerly "Culture" columnist for Details, Stahl's fiction and journalism have appeared in Esquire, the New York Times, and the Believer, among other places. He has worked extensively in film and television and, most recently, wrote Hemingway & Gellhorn, starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman, for HBO.
Published December 5, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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That some readers may feel like donning surgical gloves before picking up a book about Fatty Arbuckle makes one of the author’s main points: a miasma of perversion still befouls the great comic’s reputation, and Details columnist Stahl (Plainclothes Naked, 2001, etc.) uses fiction to show how it...

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I, Fatty by Jerry Stahl (274pp, Alison & Busby, £10.99) I Was Howard Hughes by Steven Carter (221pp, Bloomsbury, £6.99) Among those things that never happened but everyone believes did - up there with Marianne Faithfull and the Mars Bar - is silent screen star Fatty Arbuckle's assault with a bot...

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Dedicated as ever to exploring life's dark and deviant sides, Stahl shows his heart in this sad, wild, uproarious faux memoir of silent film star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.

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BC Books

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It only makes sense that Jerry Stahl would be the one to pick up the torch and demystify the rise and fall of the silver screen giant Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle in his latest novel, I, Fatty.

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Book Reporter

--- at the hands of a court, press and public that assumed Fatty was guilty before hearing any of the facts and, of course, before hearing one word from Fatty himself.

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According to legends, rumors, and—at the time—the government of the state of California, silent-film comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was a debauched sex fiend and bootlegger who raped a young woman so savagely that she died from internal rupture.

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Entertainment Weekly

Only in Hollywood, kids, only in Hollywood would a late-20th-century literary celebrity more famous for his former heroin addiction than for his scripts identify so eagerly with the miseries of an early-20th-century movie celebrity more famous for a rape and murder he didn't commit than for his ...

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I, Fatty by Jerry Stahl is a fictionalized telling of the true life and infamous trial of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle one of the biggest stars of the silent film era.

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Blending fact with fiction, Jerry Stahl recreates the sad, sad life of Roscoe Arbuckle in "I, Fatty."

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