The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock

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The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock

Format:  Paperback,

594 pages

Edition: Centennial

Publisher: Perseus Books Group

Publish Date: Aug 1999

ISBN-13: 9780306809323

ISBN-10: 030680932X

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This is the definitive life story of Alfred Hitchcock, the enigmatic and intensely private director of "Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Birds," and more than forty other films. While setting forth every stage of Hitchcock's long life and brilliant career, Donald Spoto also explores the roots of the director's obsessions with blondes, food, murder, and idealized love--and he traces the incomparable, bizarre genius from Hitchcock's English childhood through the golden years of his career in America as one of the greatest directors in the history of filmmaking.

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Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: Aug 1999
ISBN-13: 9780306809323
ISBN-10: 030680932X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 594
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.75 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 0978030680932

About the author

Biography of Spoto, Donald

Born on June 28, 1941, Donald Spoto is an American celebrity biographer, Catholic theologian and former monk. He is best known for his best-selling biographies of film and theatre celebrities. A native of New Rochelle, New York, Spoto graduated from Iona Preparatory School in 1959 and received his B.A. from Iona College in 1963 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in theology (New Testament studies) from Fordham University in 1966 and 1970, respectively. Donald Spoto taught theology, Christian mysticism, and biblical literature at the university level for twenty years. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (1999-10-15)

Spoto's 1983 biography is being reproduced in honor of the famous director's centennial. The book was well received at the time of its publication, even managing to snag an Edgar Award. For this anniversary edition, Spoto has added a new introduction. The text is buttressed with numerous photographs and a detailed film o graphy.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Edgar Awards (Edgar Allan Poe Awards), 1984 (United States)

Book description

This is the definitive life story of Alfred Hitchcock, the enigmatic and intensely private director of Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Birds, and more than forty other films. While setting forth every stage of Hitchcock’s long life and brilliant career, Donald Spoto also explores the roots of the director’s obsessions with blondes, food, murder, and idealized love—and he traces the incomparable, bizarre genius from Hitchcock’s English childhood through the golden years of his career in America as one of the greatest directors in the history of filmmaking.

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