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- DescriptionSpike Milligan was one of our best-loved comics as well as one of our most original. In this first major assessment of Spike's life and career, the highly respected biographer Humphrey Carpenter has - through copious research and access to many of those closest to the great man - unearthed a character who could be as difficult and contradictory as he was generous and talented. The creator of The Goons was to influence a whole generation of comics, yet was never to feel fully valued. His periods of depression were matched by periods of high creativity - there were poems, vels, volumes of biography, as well as TV series and a one-man show as Spike searched for his best means of expression. There was also, as revealed here, his inveterate womanising. Married three times and with four children to whom he was devoted, two illegitimate children were to remain barely ackwledged. Detailing both his private and professional life, Humphrey Carpenter gives us the most revealing portrait yet of this highly complex genius.
- Author BiographyHumphrey Carpenter wrote many biographies and won the Somerset Maugham Award, the E.M. Forster Award, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize and was a runner-up for the Whitbread Prize for biography. He died in 2005.
- Author(s)Humphrey Carpenter
- PublisherHodder & Stoughton General Division
- Date of Publication24/05/2004
- SubjectBiography: The Arts
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHodder Paperback
- Content Note16 or 24 pp b/w photos
- Weight318 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine31 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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