Charlie Chaplin's "My Autobiography"

Reading and Screening

Wednesday 30 January, 2013
7 - 9pm, $0

Powerhouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn

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As a child Charlie was awed and inspired by the sight of glamourous vaudeville stars passing his home, and from then on he never lost his ambition to become an actor. Chaplin’s film career as the Little Tramp adored by the whole world is the stuff of legend, but this frank autobiography shows another side. He tells of his childhood of grinding poverty in the south London slums and early debut on the musical hall stage, his lucky break in America, the struggle to maintain artisitic control over his work, the string of failed marriages, and his eventual exile from Hollywood after persecution for his left-wing politics and personal scandals. «My Autobiography» is an evocative and compelling account of one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable lives.

Melville House celebrates the paperback reprinting of Charlie Chaplin’s My Autobiography with a reading and film screening. The title is part of The Neversink Library, a series devoted to championing underappreciated and forgotten books.
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