Peter Ackroyd takes on a formidable challenge in this book. Charlie Chaplin’s life was anything but brief. He lived until the age of 88, and remained active as an artist up until the time of his death. Chaplin’s silent film character “the Little Tramp” won the hearts of many in a period of modern history when people were hungry for both comic relief, and the heroic success of an innocent underdog. Chaplin was the man who portrayed this little fellow, produced and directed the films he starred in, and became a force to be reckoned with, both publicly and privately. If you don’t already know about Chaplin’s dark side, you will after reading this book.
--Rosemary Szczygiel, Hilliard Branch Library
Find Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life in the Nassau County Public Library System catalog.