Written to accompany his TV series, the author of this book looks at the nature of fame in the 20th century, giving it his own unique interpretation. All the key international figures - from politics, art, literature, science, sport, crime, and film and TV are presented.
The rise of the media in the 20th century changed the nature of fame: before, people had been famous for what they had done, in this century many have become famous just for who they are. Film footage and modern fame began together, and what began as a flood has become a torrent: hundreds of thousands of images that have shaped reality and perhaps distorted it. In this book, written to accompany his major TV series, Clive James looks at the nature of fame in the 20th century, giving it his own unique interpretation - original, illuminating and funny. All the key international figures - from politics, art, literature, science, sport, crime, and especially film and TV, are presented here for the entertainment and illumination of the reader.
The close-up stakes its claim 1900-1927; all ahead warp factor one 1918-1932; the charisma kids 1930-1939; twin pearl-handled guns 1939-1945; in bondage to cyclops 1945-1960; float like a butterfly 1960-1969; towering eaarthquake 1969-1981; the monster walks amongst us 1981-1992.
Fame in the 20th Century by Clive James
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