The Richard Burton Diaries

The Richard Burton Diaries

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In his personal diaries Richard Burton is a man quite different from the one we "know" as acclaimed actor, international film star and jet-set celebrity. From these private pages there emerges a different person--a family man, a father, a husband, a man often troubled and always keenly observing. Understood through his own words, day by day and year by year, Burton becomes a fully rounded human being who, with a wealth of talent and a surprising burden of insecurity, confronts the peculiar challenges of a life lived largely in the spotlight. This volume publishes for the first time the surviving diaries of Richard Burton (born Richard Jenkins in 1925), written between 1939 and 1983--throughout his career and the years of his celebrated marriages to Elizabeth Taylor. Entries appear in their original sequence, with annotations to clarify people, places, books, and events mentioned. At times he struggles to come to terms with his unfulfilled potential, at others he crows over achievements and hungers for greater challenges. Always he is articulate, opinionated and fascinating.--From publisher description
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780300180107
Branch Call Number: BIO Burton, R 2012
Characteristics: ix, 693 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Williams, Chris


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Feb 22, 2014

During the heyday of their relationship, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor virtually invented the public's image of paparazzi-hounded celebrity. In private, Burton kept a diary, recording his observations about Taylor, his extensive reading habits, movies he was working on, travel, other celebrities, housekeeping details, his often heavy drinking, as well as random insights about life.

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Sep 25, 2013

Fascinating to look into the mind and daily recordings of a man as bright, generous, and morose as Richard Burton. A voracious reader, he apparently was also interested in food for he documents his daily meals along with glimpses of the "drunks" of Hollywood and royalty. However, it's also a truly sad book about a soulful love between he and Liz Taylor that went sour - probably because both of them drank themselves into oblivion at times.

meandalex Dec 26, 2012

A complicated man with some interesting insights on people, situations and the world in general. But not a happy man, the only love for him was Elizabeth, he drank too much when he was with her and even more then the marriage ended. He was still writing to her days before he died, in fact she received his last letter after she had been told he was dead. This is an interesting book that puts pay to a lot of what was written about him and those around him, but I did find it a little heavy going at times. It is still worth reading.


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