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Simon Callow

Simon Callow made his stage debut in 1973, and came to prominence in a critically acclaimed performance as Mozart in the original stage production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus at the Royal National Theatre in 1979. He is well known for a series of one-man shows that have toured internationally and featured subjects including Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, Jesus, and Richard Wagner. Among his many film roles is the much-loved character Gareth in the hit film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Callow simultaneously pursued careers as a director in theater and opera and an author of several books, including Being an ActorLove Where It Falls, and...

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Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World
Written by Simon Callow
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-80323-8 (0-345-80323-X)

A short biography of Charles Dickens by acclaimed actor and writer Simon Callow that offers a fresh perspective on one of the greatest novelists in the English language in a lively, highly readable account. "It has all the gusto that a popular biography of Dickens—a man who “could do nothing by... Read more






Orson Welles, Volume 1: The Road to Xanadu
Written by Simon Callow
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | February 1997
$20.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-025456-3 (0-14-025456-0)

“A splendidly entertaining, definitive work.”—Entertainment Weekly

In this first installment of his masterful biography, Simon Callow captures the chameleonic genius of Orson Welles as only an actor/director deeply rooted in the entertainment industry could. Here is Welles’s prodigious childhood; his youth in New York, with its fraught partnership with John Houseman and... Read more






Orson Welles, Volume 2: Hello Americans
Written by Simon Callow
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | November 2007
$20.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-027517-9 (0-14-027517-7)

“Unfailingly intelligent and well written . . . Vivid and three-dimensional.”Variety

The first volume of Simon Callow's magisterial biography of Orson Welles was praised as a "splendidly entertaining, definitive work" by Entertainment Weekly. Now, this eagerly anticipated second volume examines the years following Citizen Kane up to the time of Macbeth, in... Read more






Orson Welles, Volume 3: One-Man Band
Written by Simon Callow
Viking | Hardcover | April 2016
$40.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-670-02491-9 (0-670-02491-0)

• A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice •

The third volume of Simon Callow’s acclaimed Orson Welles biography, covering the period of his exile from America (19471964), when he produced some of his greatest works, including Touch of Evil


In One-Man Band, the third volume in his epic and all-inclusive four-volume survey of Orson... Read more





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