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Title Houdini : the elusive American / Adam Begley.
Author Begley, Adam, author.
Publication New Haven : Yale University Press, [2020]
Copyright date ©2020
Description 1 online resource (216 pages) : illustrations.
Call # eBOOK
Series Jewish Lives
Jewish lives (New Haven, Conn.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue : the Chinese water torture cell -- A father's legacy -- From dime museums to vaudeville -- The Handcuff King conquers Europe -- Return of the hero -- Aloft Down Under -- The great dissolution -- Making movies -- Among the spirits -- Sucker punch -- Ever after.
Summary In 1916, the war in Europe having prevented a tour abroad, Harry Houdini wrote a film treatment for a rollicking motion picture. Though the movie was never made, its title, "The Marvelous Adventures of Houdini: The Justly Celebrated Elusive American," provides a succinct summary of the Master Mystifier's life. Born Erik Weisz in Budapest in 1874, Houdini grew up an impoverished Jewish immigrant in the Midwest and became world-famous thanks to talent, industry, and ferocious determination. He concealed as a matter of temperament and professional ethics the secrets of his sensational success. Nobody knows how Houdini performed some of his dazzling, death-defying tricks, and nobody knows, finally, why he felt compelled to punish and imprison himself over and over again. Must a self-liberator also be a self-torturer? Tracking the restless Houdini's wide-ranging exploits, acclaimed biographer Adam Begley asks the essential question: What kind of man was this?-- Provided by publisher.
Note Adam Begley is the author of Updike and The Great Nadar. He was a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and for many years the books editor of The New York Observer. He lives in England.
Print version record.
Subject Houdini, Harry, 1874-1926.
Escape artists -- United States -- Biography.
Magicians -- United States -- Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Entertainment & Performing Arts.
Genre Biographies.
Subject Houdini, Harry, 1874-1926. (OCoLC)fst00041614
Escape artists. (OCoLC)fst00915124
Magicians. (OCoLC)fst01005551
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Begley, Adam. Houdini. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2020] 9780300230796 (OCoLC)1112892183
ISBN 9780300252255 (electronic book)
0300252250 (electronic book)

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