Henry Holt & Company
On Sale: May 15, 2018
Featuring: Robin Williams
Hardcover / e-Book
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From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, the
definitive biography of Robin Williams â€“ a compelling
portrait of one of Americaâ€™s most beloved and misunderstood
From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout
role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning
performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a
singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came
across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and
politics while mixing in personal revelations â€“ all with
mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and
shed one character after another with lightning speed.
But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography,
Williamsâ€™s comic brilliance masked a deep well of
conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which he drew upon in
his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society;
Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs.
Doubtfire, where he showcased his limitless gift for
improvisation to bring to life a wide range of characters.
And in Good Will Hunting he gave an intense and controlled
performance that revealed the true range of his talent.
Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with
addiction and depression â€“ topics he discussed openly while
performing and during interviews â€“ and with a debilitating
condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways
his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original
interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as
extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original
look at a man whose work touched so many lives.
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