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Louvish, Simon

Overview
Works: 50 works in 200 publications in 2 languages and 8,016 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Political fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PN2287.F45, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Simon Louvish
Man on the flying trapeze : the life and times of W.C. Fields by Simon Louvish( Book )

15 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 1,250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Often scripted by Fields himself under such puckish pseudonyms as Mahatma Kane Jeeves and Otis Criblecoblis, these films featured some of the worst marriages, memorably dysfunctional families, obnoxious pets, and bratty children in all of popular culture - all converging on the hapless figure of Fields himself, the enduring archetype of the American male at bay. (Fields's one non-comic film role that of Micawber in David Copperfield, was equally indelible.) Louvish highlights Fields's tragic struggles in these years against studio heads, censorship, alcoholism, and illness - in the course of which he created some of the greatest gems of film humor
Stan and Ollie, the roots of comedy : the double life of Laurel and Hardy by Simon Louvish( Book )

23 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and Finnish and held by 1,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have remained, from 1927 to the present day, the screen's most famous and popular comedy double act, celebrated by legions of fans. But despite many books about their films and individual lives, there has never been a fully researched, definitive narrative biography of the duo, from birth to death. Louvish traces the early lives of Stanley Jefferson and Norvell Hardy and the surrounding minstrel and variety theatre, which influenced all of their later work. Louvish examines the rarely seen solo films of both our heroes, prior to their serendipitous pairing in 1927, in the long-lost short "Duck Soup." The inspired casting teamed them until their last days. Both often married, they found balancing their personal and professional lives a nearly impossible feat. Between 1927 and 1938, they were able to successfully bridge the gap between silent and sound films, which tripped up most of their prominent colleagues. Their Hal Roach and MGM films were brilliant, but their move in 1941, to Twentieth Century Fox proved disastrous, with the nine films made there ranking as some of the most embarrassing moments of cinematic history. In spite of this, Laurel and Hardy survived as exemplars of lasting genius, and their influence is seen to this day. The clowns were elusive behind their masks, but now Simon Louvish can finally reveal their full and complex humanity, and their passionate devotion to their art. In Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy: The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy, Louvish has seamlessly woven tireless and thorough research into an authoritative biography of these two important and influential Hollywood pioneers
Mae West : it ain't no sin by Simon Louvish( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and held by 964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sex goddess, Hollywood star, transgressive playwright, author, blues singer, and vaudeville brat--Mae West remains a unique twentieth-century figure. She made an everlasting mark in trailblazing Broadway plays and films. Biographer Louvish charts her amazing seven decades in show business, from early years in teenage summer stock to her last reincarnation as 1960s gay icon and grande dame of Hollywood survivors. This is the first biography to make use of Mae's recently uncovered personal papers, offering an unprecedented view into the endless creative drive and daring wit of this legendary star.--From publisher description."--Source other than the Library of Congress
Monkey business : the lives and legends of the Marx Brothers : Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo, with added Gummo by Simon Louvish( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First and foremost, this is the saga of a family whose theatrical roots stretch back to mid-19th-century Germany, and whose American debut was prefigured by their maternal uncle, vaudeville pioneer Al Shean. From Julius 'Groucho' Marx's first warblings with the singing Leroy Trio, this book brings to life the vanished world of America's wild and boisterous variety circuits, leading to the Marx Brothers' Broadway successes, and their alliance with New York's theatrical lions, George S. Kaufman and the 'Algonquin Round Table'."--Jacket
Cecil B. DeMille : a life in art by Simon Louvish( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 703 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the life and work of the motion picture director best known for his biblical sagas, including "Samson and Delilah" and "The Ten Commandments," discussing his complex personal life and the paradoxes existing within his films
Chaplin : the tramp's odyssey by Simon Louvish( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louvish looks afresh at this classic comedian and his most recognizable character, the Tramp, charting the tale of the Tramp himself and weighing the relationship between the Tramp, his creator, and his worldwide fans
Keystone, the life and clowns of Mack Sennett by Simon Louvish( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of Mack Sennett, the father of American slapstick, and the stars his studio discovered, including Mabel Normand, Fatty Arbuckle, and Charle Chaplin, provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the classic era of silent film comedy
It's a gift by Simon Louvish( Book )

10 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Auth: London International film school, Distributed by Indiana University Press, W.C. Fields' routines
The silencer : another Levantine tale by Simon Louvish( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series is designed to bring to North American readers the once-unheard voices of writers who have achieved wide acclaim at home, but are not recognized beyond the borders of their native lands. With special emphasis on women writers, Interlink's Emerging Voices series publishes the best of the world's contemporary literature in translation or original English
The therapy of Avram Blok by Simon Louvish( Book )

4 editions published between 1985 and 1990 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cecil B. DeMille and the golden calf by Simon Louvish( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ready when you are Mr. DeMille! Cecil B. DeMille is Hollywood's most enduring legend, remembered, and often reviled, for his grandiose biblical sagas, such as Samson and Delilah and his 1956 version of The Ten Commandments, with its cast of tens of thousands before computer graphics made the modern epic mundane. Many judged DeMille a dinosaur both for his movies and his ultraconservative politics. The paradox of DeMille goes deeper as, despite his fame, most of his seventy films, of which fifty were silent pictures, remain unknown even to avid film fans, though his first 1923 version of The Ten Commandments and his 1927 tale of the Christ, King of Kings, linger in the imagination. A founder-pioneer of Hollywood as an industry, DeMille was an unsung auteur, a master of increasingly bizarre narratives, with tales of adultery and divorce, hedonism and sin, reflecting an age in which modernity, the consumer society and the pursuit of money made America a battlefield of clashing values and temptations." "Simon Louvish tells the tale of Cecil B. DeMille through his work: a major re-examination of Hollywood's most monumental founder. Savant or sinner, artist or hack, defender of freedom or a hypocritical opportunist who embraced the golden calf of sheet commercialism, DeMille is a pervasive puzzle - a mirror of the larger puzzle and contradictions of America itself."--BOOK JACKET
The resurrections : a novel by Simon Louvish( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The year is 1968. Leon Trotsky, the revered leader of the U.S.S.R., has just died in Moscow. In Rome, Mussolini presides over his slowly dying Empire. In the United States, ex-U.S. Senator for Illinois Adolf Hitler is plotting a political comeback with the help of his old ally, German emigre Joseph Gable, alias Joseph Goebbels. Communist Germany implacably faces the colonial empires of the West, with Britain and France bogged down in guerrilla wars all over Africa and Asia. In London, three film students arrive to be rushed helter-skelter into the middle of student revolution. And in Ethiopia, Ernesto "Che" Guevara bargains with rebellious Italian Army officers to topple the Fascist regime in Rome... A politically-charged thriller, The Resurrections is a variation on a classic science fiction theme: a speculative fantasy of an alternate history, a different twist of the 20th century down a parallel track of time
The days of miracles and wonders : an epic of the new world disorder by Simon Louvish( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

City of Blok by Simon Louvish( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The days of miracles and wonders by Simon Louvish( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last trump of Avram Blok by Simon Louvish( Book )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The death of Moishe-Ganef : a Levantine tale by Simon Louvish( Book )

2 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coffee with Groucho by Simon Louvish( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meet Groucho Marx by a miracle of time travel. Sit back and enjoy his hilarious showbiz tales and his surreal flights of fantasy. A fictional dialogue based on biographical facts
Rituals of truce and the other Israeli by Benjamin Hollander( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What's up God? : a romance of the Apocalypse by Simon Louvish( Book )

3 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Man on the flying trapeze : the life and times of W.C. Fields
Alternative Names
Louvish, Simon 1947-

Simon Louvish biograaf uit Schotland

Simon Louvish biografo e produttore cinematografico scozzese

Simon Louvish Israeli writer and filmmaker

루비쉬, 사이먼

Languages
English (147)

Finnish (1)

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Stan and Ollie, the roots of comedy : the double life of Laurel and HardyMae West : it ain't no sinMonkey business : the lives and legends of the Marx Brothers : Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo, with added GummoCecil B. DeMille : a life in artChaplin : the tramp's odysseyKeystone, the life and clowns of Mack SennettIt's a giftThe silencer : another Levantine tale