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A commonplace book

Author: Alec Guinness
Publisher: London : Hamish Hamilton, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After Sir Alec Guinessess's death in August 2000, two notebooks were found in his study in which he had jotted down quotations from favourite books, thoughts on Shakespeare, anecdotes from the theatre and even remarks overheard in the street. His collection is now published in this volume.
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Genre/Form: Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Guinness, Alec, 1914-2000.
Commonplace book.
London : Hamish Hamilton, 2001
(OCoLC)606651459
Named Person: Alec Guinness; Alec Guinness; Alec Guinness; Alec Guinness
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alec Guinness
ISBN: 024114146X 9780241141465
OCLC Number: 59531852
Description: 162 pages : illustrations, 1 portrait ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Alec Guinness.

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'As charming and accomplished with words as he is in his best performances' Jonathan Cecil, Spectator

 
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