A Commonplace Book by Alec Guinness

By: Alec Guinness

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ISBN
9780241141465
Date Released
Binding
Hardcover
Pages
128
Dimensions
138 x 210mm

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When Sir Alec Guinness died in August 2000, he left behind two exercise books filled with entries in his small, beautiful handwriting, together with a typed Introduction that suggests he planned to have the books published or broadcast in some way. Together they make up this commonplace book.

The entries include passages from favourite poems and plays, theatrical anecdotes, stories overheard on the street, and the occasional short musing or reminiscence on a subject that has simply taken his fancy. Inevitably certain writers recur: Shakespeare, of course, the subject of a lifetime's study and love. Pepys, Kipling, RS Thomas, and religious writers like Cardinal Newman and Simone Weil. But here too are Woody Allen and John Updike, EE Cummings and Barry Humphries. And some acerbic comments on certain contemporary television stars.

The result is a charming book of wisdom and reflection, a book that offers an extraordinary insight into the mind of one the great actors of the twentieth century.
ISBN:
9780241141465
Publication Date:
08 / 11 / 2001
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
138 x 210mm

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