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Part Two: Life

Roger Lewis

Roger Lewis is the author of The Life and Death of Peter Sellers ('His research here has staggering breadth and depth, as does his relentless power of insight tempered with humanity.' The Hollywood Reporter), which is being developed as a biopic by HBO, and The Real Life of Laurence Olivier ('A passionate and monumental celebration of a genius.' Arthur Miller in the Sunday Times), which has formed the basis of a documentary for Channel 4. His biography of Anthony Burgess is published by Faber, in November 2002. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Charles Hawtrey 1914–1988 : The Man Who Was Private Widdle

Faber & Faber, 2001

Book chapter

...After such comprehensive rejection, no wonder Hawtrey turned to drink. His many letters, appealing for work, angling for advancement, are literally pathetic [pathetikos: exciting pity or sadness]: ‘I was talking to a mutual friend today –...

Part One: Art

Roger Lewis

Roger Lewis is the author of The Life and Death of Peter Sellers ('His research here has staggering breadth and depth, as does his relentless power of insight tempered with humanity.' The Hollywood Reporter), which is being developed as a biopic by HBO, and The Real Life of Laurence Olivier ('A passionate and monumental celebration of a genius.' Arthur Miller in the Sunday Times), which has formed the basis of a documentary for Channel 4. His biography of Anthony Burgess is published by Faber, in November 2002. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Charles Hawtrey 1914–1988 : The Man Who Was Private Widdle

Faber & Faber, 2001

Book chapter

...Charles Hawtrey began as a child actor, and remained one. Even when old he had a naughty school-boyish air, a pluck and gaiety (the gaiety of youthful high spirits) that made him a Carry On institution.Twenty-nine photoplays in twenty...

Entr’acte

Roger Lewis

Roger Lewis is the author of The Life and Death of Peter Sellers ('His research here has staggering breadth and depth, as does his relentless power of insight tempered with humanity.' The Hollywood Reporter), which is being developed as a biopic by HBO, and The Real Life of Laurence Olivier ('A passionate and monumental celebration of a genius.' Arthur Miller in the Sunday Times), which has formed the basis of a documentary for Channel 4. His biography of Anthony Burgess is published by Faber, in November 2002. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Charles Hawtrey 1914–1988 : The Man Who Was Private Widdle

Faber & Faber, 2001

Book chapter

......I do not see any chance of having anything to offer you in the immediate future.24 May 1939I regret that I have nothing at the moment.9 October 1946Of course I know your work and shall certainly remember you when casting future...

Epilogue

Roger Lewis

Roger Lewis is the author of The Life and Death of Peter Sellers ('His research here has staggering breadth and depth, as does his relentless power of insight tempered with humanity.' The Hollywood Reporter), which is being developed as a biopic by HBO, and The Real Life of Laurence Olivier ('A passionate and monumental celebration of a genius.' Arthur Miller in the Sunday Times), which has formed the basis of a documentary for Channel 4. His biography of Anthony Burgess is published by Faber, in November 2002. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Charles Hawtrey 1914–1988 : The Man Who Was Private Widdle

Faber & Faber, 2001

Book chapter

...On 9 September 1987, Kenneth Williams wrote to his friend Jeffrey Kemp, a retired teacher who lived in France, about a visit he’d made to see Hawtrey in Kent.[. . .] You were not supposed to laugh about Charlie Hawtrey being hauled out...