Biography Progress Report #29 – The Blurbs Are In
Year of Ann Dvorak: Day 243
I was visiting the listing for Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel on the University Press of Kentucky’s website yesterday (yes, I do that), and noticed that a couple more blurbs had been posted. They’re from two of four authors I had submitted earlier in the year who had received a copy of the manuscript about a month ago.
I am enormously grateful to these busy people for taking the time to read the book and write a blurb. I may have been cheating a bit with Mark Vieira who has been a friend for years, but I do admire him tremendously as an author and think his bookÂ Irving Thalberg: Boy Wonder to Producer PrinceÂ is one of the best Hollywood bios out there. If anyone can spot a pile of tripe, it’s Mark, so if the Dvorak book is not up to snuff I’d like to think he would not have sent in this blurb:
Ann Dvorak has always been an enigmatic figure, whether youâ€™re looking at her electric vitality in the 1932Â ScarfaceÂ or her feline grace in 1947â€™sÂ The Private Affairs of Bel Ami. Fifteen years separate these unique performances, and thereâ€™s no one like Ann Dvorak, yet the story of her career remains untold. InÂ Ann Dvorak: Hollywoodâ€™s Forgotten Rebel, Christina Rice corrects this oversight. We learn about the ambitious young dancer, how her unusual looks and singular intensity pulled her into acting, and how her path to stardom ended in regretful obscurity. This is a compelling story, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes sad, but Christina Rice tells it honestly and objectively. Her dedicated research makes it possible to see both Ann Dvorak and her milieu with clarity. Ann Dvorak: Hollywoodâ€™s Forgotten Rebel is a sensitive biography of a real talent.–Mark A. Vieira, author ofÂ George Hurrell’s Hollywood
Susan Doll is not someone I know personally, other than a couple of email exchanges, but I enjoy her posts on TCM’s Movie Morlocks immensely. Plus, she holds a Ph.D. in film studies, soÂ her opinion carries a lot of weight with me. Â I was relived to see what she had to say:
Ann Dvorak: Hollywoodâ€™s Forgotten RebelÂ is more than the biography of an overlooked movie star. Author Christina Rice has meticulously researched the life of Dvorak, whose strong, self-reliant characters made her an important presence in the pre-Code era. Written in a reader-friendly style,Â Ann DvorakÂ explores the highs and lows of the actress who dazzled viewers in the classics Scarface and Three on a Match. â€“Susan Doll, author ofÂ Florida on Film: The Essential Guide to Sunshine State Cinema
So, my baby is officially out in the world and so far the response has been positive. Fingers crossed it passes the litmus test with all of you.