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Paul and Me : fifty-three years of adventures and misadventures with my pal Paul
A. E. Hotchner
Adult Nonfiction PN2287.N44 H68 2010b

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Author and playwright Hotchner (Papa Hemingway) met Paul Newman in 1955, when the unknown actor took over for James Dean in Hotchner's first teleplay, beginning a friendship that lasted until the legendary actor's 2008 death. Chronicling that friendship, Hotchner presents a meandering collection of stories about their times and projects, including the successful business they started together. Vignettes feature the two fishing, traveling, and developing the Newman's Own brand, spreading the familiar news of Newman's nice-guy reputation, rigorous preparation for specific roles, penchant for practical jokes, philanthropic efforts, political involvement and disdain for rules. Though there's no question that the relationship between them ran deep-one passage finds Newman confiding his guilt over the drug-related death of his son, Scott-the author places himself in the middle of every story, resorts to frequent namedropping, and quotes extensively from private conversations that took place decades ago, giving the proceedings a queasy current of self-regard that could rub fans the wrong way. (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

Hotchner, who has written many theatrical and film adaptations as well as another account of his friendship with a famous man (Papa Hemingway), ruminates here on his long relationship with actor Paul Newman. Hotchner tends to hang back in the narrative, allowing the focus to fall squarely on the magnetic actor. The resulting portrait is drawn with a friend's care; it is revealing without ever feeling pulpy. Newman comes off as immensely likable and purposeful yet seemingly without taking himself too seriously-a star who was not interested in being treated like royalty but was nonetheless able to harness the power of his name to do good works. The vignettes Hotchner has chosen are both entertaining and illuminating and cover Newman's journey from actor to businessman and philanthropist. Verdict This warm, enlightening portrait will be a delight to Newman's many fans. Those looking for a more traditional biography that covers Newman's early years should consider Shawn Levy's recent Paul Newman.-Katherine Litwin, Forum Lib., Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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