The Richard Burton Diaries by Richard Burton & Chris Williams

68%

5 Critic Reviews

The diaries make for a patchy book. They're often tedious in their...breast-beating accounts of epic drinking and dispiriting hangovers. In 1975 the entries for five consecutive days consist of one word: "Booze".
-Guardian

Synopsis

Irresistibly magnetic on stage, mesmerizing in movies, seven times an Academy Award nominee, Richard Burton rose from humble beginnings in Wales to become Hollywood's most highly paid actor and one of England's most admired Shakespearean performers. His epic romance with Elizabeth Taylor, his legendary drinking and story-telling, his dazzling purchases (enormous diamonds, a jet, homes on several continents), and his enormous talent kept him constantly in the public eye. Yet the man behind the celebrity façade carried a surprising burden of insecurity and struggled with the peculiar challenges of a life lived largely in the spotlight.
 

About Richard Burton & Chris Williams

See more books from this Author
Sir Richard F. Burton (1821–90) was a British explorer and writer. His translation of The Arabian Nights remains a classic.Margot Anand, an internationally acclaimed teacher of Tantra, is the author of many bestselling books, among them Sexual Ecstasy: The Art of Orgasm and The Art of Everyday Ecstasy. She lives in California.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published October 11, 2012 by Yale University Press. 705 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Richard Burton Diaries
All: 5 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 2

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by John Simon on Nov 30 2012

He is perceptive and witty about actors, including himself, not often complimentary but seldom crude.

Read Full Review of The Richard Burton Diaries | See more reviews from NY Times

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Oct 25 2012

Come to this volume for the love story, stay for the lit talk.

Read Full Review of The Richard Burton Diaries | See more reviews from NY Times

Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Philip French on Dec 16 2012

The diaries make for a patchy book. They're often tedious in their...breast-beating accounts of epic drinking and dispiriting hangovers. In 1975 the entries for five consecutive days consist of one word: "Booze".

Read Full Review of The Richard Burton Diaries | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Simon Callow on Nov 29 2012

By the end of the diaries, neither he nor the reader is any nearer to understanding the origins of his addictio

Read Full Review of The Richard Burton Diaries | See more reviews from Guardian

WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Christopher Bray on Nov 02 2012

The Richard Burton who emerges from these diaries is a far better man than even his wildest fan might have expected. He's so sensitive, intelligent, deeply well-read and supremely well-informed...

Read Full Review of The Richard Burton Diaries | See more reviews from WSJ online

Reader Rating for The Richard Burton Diaries
80%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 126 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×