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Stars in My Eyes

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The essays in this captivating collection by award-winning author David Morrell range from Henry James's ghost stories to Steve McQueen's abusive personality to Bobby Darin's tragic last days.Did you know that John Wayne was a master chess player or that Frank Sinatra had permanent facial scars or that when Marilyn Monroe was married to Joe DiMaggio, there was a reason apart from baseball for him to be called "the slugger"? Ever heard of Richard Harding Davis? In his day, he was the most famous author in America. His adventures provided a model upon which Stephen Crane, Jack London, and Ernest Hemingway built their action personas. Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Matheson, Wilkie Collins, John D. Macdonald's Travis McGee: these are some of the other fascinating figures that Morrell profiles in this mesmerizing collection that's as fascinating as it is revealing. (Four essays in this collection--about John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Nelson Riddle are available as separate, short e-publications.)

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