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I, Fatty : a novel

Author: Jerry Stahl
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Abandoned as a boy in Kansas, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle found adulation first in vaudeville, and then in the new medium of the cinema. In his day, during the second decade of the 1900s, Fatty was more popular than Chaplin; he became the first screen actor to make a million dollars a year. But in 1921 he was accused of the rape and murder of actress Virginia Rappe, whom he encountered at a party in San Francisco and
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Biographical fiction
Named Person: Roscoe Arbuckle; Roscoe Arbuckle; Roscoe Arbuckle
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerry Stahl
ISBN: 1582342474 9781582342474 1582345821 9781582345826
OCLC Number: 53971687
Description: 280 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Jerry Stahl.
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"Abandoned as a boy in Kansas, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle found adulation first in vaudeville, and then in the new medium of the cinema. In his day, during the second decade of the 1900s, Fatty was more popular than Chaplin; he became the first screen actor to make a million dollars a year. But in 1921 he was accused of the rape and murder of actress Virginia Rappe, whom he encountered at a party in San Francisco and who died a few days later. Though he was eventually acquitted by a unanimous jury, the virulent speculation by the press ultimately destroyed Arbuckle's career.

Framed for a crime he didn't commit, and demonized by conservative powers that hyped the case as emblematic of all the evils of show business, Fatty Arbuckle was the first modern celebrity whose presumed guilt - and alleged innocence - galvanized a nation." "In I, Fatty, Jerry Stahl, the author of Permanent Midnight, tells the story from Fatty's own perspective. This is a portrait of a comic genius whose rise and fall set the precedent for the scandals that still shake Hollywood today."--Jacket.

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Fatty: behind the legend, darkly

by donnavallee (WorldCat user published 2007-10-01) Good Permalink
"Historical fiction," is a problematic moniker. When you have established facts mixed with legend, the author has a choice: get the facts straight, or embellish the legend. With historical fiction, you have both. In the case of Fatty Arbuckle, the popular legend: that he raped and caused the death...
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