Frank Kermode: John Gielgud, 21 June 2001
Show More Gielgud: A Theatrical Life 1904-2000 by Jonathan Croall.
Methuen, 579 pp., £20, November 2000, 0 413 74560 0Show More
John G.: The Authorised Biography of John Gielgud by Sheridan Morley.
Hodder, 510 pp., £20, May 2001, 0 340 36803 9Show More
John Gielgud: An Actor’s Life by Gyles Brandreth.
Sutton, 196 pp., £6.99, April 2001, 0 7509 2752 6Show More
“... These biographies of John Gielgud by Jonathan Croall and Sheridan Morley are quite hard to tell apart. They are of much the same size, bear handsome pictures of the actor in old age on the front of their dust-jackets, and are, inevitably, affectionate and indulgent towards their subject. As Dirk Bogarde remarked when Croall consulted him about the work in hand, ‘everybody adored him, so the book might make rather flat reading ...”