A Memoir of Other People
Delta, Paperback, 9780385335072, 546pp.
Publication Date: May 9, 2000
From world leaders to Mafia dons, from Hollywood stars to the literary world's most eccentric writers, the notable and notorious alike have entrusted their life's work to Simon & Schuster's preeminent editor, Michael Korda. In this masterful memoir, Korda reveals the unforgettable cast of characters and outrageous anecdotes behind four decades of blockbuster publishing, bringing us face-to-face with dozens of larger-than-life figures: Richard Nixon, who maintained his "presidential" persona long after his public life was over; Joan Crawford, whose autobiography reflected a life she would have liked to have lived but did not; Joseph Bonanno, the retired Mafia don who'd do anything to keep from being killed by the reviewers.
And in a revelatory account that reads as compulsively as fiction, Another Life paints a vivid picture of publishing's glitterati, including Jacqueline Susann, who liberated women's fiction--and terrorized a publishing house, and Tennessee Williams, who nourished his genius on four-course vodka lunches. A veritable Who's Who of stage, screen, and letters, Another Life is the deft interweaving of publishing at it most fascinating--and storytelling at its finest.
"An astonishing saga...highly entertaining."
"A joy to read."
--The New York Times
"A delicious find...[Korda] knows how to tell a wonderful story....His prodigious memory of events, his love of the eccentric and his pure glee about being alive are so engaging that it's impossible not to like this book."
--The Washington Post Book World
"Richly entertaining...not just another insider's view of a supposedly glamorous industry, but a narrative in the style of some full-blooded novelist."
"A thoroughly entertaining read...You don't have to be in the publishing business--or even a New Yorker--to appreciate this witty memoir."
--The Wall Street Journal