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Becoming Richard Pryor

Author: Scott Saul
Publisher: New York, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Brings the man and his comic genius into focus as never before. Drawing upon a mountain of original research--interviews with family and friends, court transcripts, unpublished journals, screenplay drafts--Scott Saul traces Pryor's rough journey to the heights of fame: from his heartbreaking childhood, his trials in the Army, and his apprentice days in Greenwich Village to his soul-searching interlude in Berkeley  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Richard Pryor; Richard Pryor
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Saul
ISBN: 9780062123305 0062123300
OCLC Number: 869267234
Description: xvi, 586 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Author's note --
Prologue --
Part 1: Up From Peoria: --
Dangerous elements --
Backside of life --
Law of the lash --
Glow, glow worm, glow --
Boot --
Measure of a man --
Part 2: Man Of A Thousand Rubber Faces: --
In search of openness --
Mr Congeniality --
Irregular regular --
Person in question --
Part 3: In The House Of Pain: --
King is dead --
Black sun rising --
Irreconcilable differences --
I'm a serious mother --
Part 4: King Of The Scene Stealers: --
More I talk, the less I die --
Black goes first --
Be glad when it's spring, flower --
Number one with a bullet --
Part 5: Funniest Man On The Planet: --
Every nigger is a star --
Hustling --
Man of parts --
Giving up absolutely nothing --
Can I speak to god right away? --
Epilogue --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Index.
Other Titles: Richard Pryor
Responsibility: Scott Saul.

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"Brings the man and his comic genius into focus as never before. Drawing upon a mountain of original research--interviews with family and friends, court transcripts, unpublished journals, screenplay drafts--Scott Saul traces Pryor's rough journey to the heights of fame: from his heartbreaking childhood, his trials in the Army, and his apprentice days in Greenwich Village to his soul-searching interlude in Berkeley and his ascent in the New Hollywood of the 1970s"--Amazon.com.

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"Absorbing, incisive...With skill and insight, Saul shows how both the best and the worst of Pryor could merge into a great body of work unmatched by anyone who was ever paid to make people laugh." Read more...

 
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