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Winchell: Gossip, Power, & the Culture of Celebrity

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Review:

"The subject of this 681-page biography is forgotten today, except by pre-boomers who spent their childhood tethered to a radio. Nonetheless, Winchell's 'work' remains an element in the history of American popular culture, chiefly as a precursor of The National Enquirer, E!'s Gossip, and Hard Copy. Combining barely criticized factoid, 'insinuendo,' and outright lie, Winchell created myths of celebrity victims and profligates (the latter his enemies) while puffing his friends and protégés. More damagingly, he dabbled in politics as a McCarthyite, and terrorized his readers and listeners with twisted portents of impending disaster. Unsurprisingly, the squalor of Winchell in public mirrored the messiness and shambles of his private life. Gabler deals dispassionately, and readably, with both, though in the end, a kind of poetic justice takes hold, and the reader is hard put to separate the significant from the trivial." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references and index (p. [649]-659) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679417514
Subtitle:
(gossip, power, and the culture of celebrity )
Publisher:
Knopf
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Journalists -- United States -- Biography.
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
1101
Publication Date:
1994
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
xvi, 681 p., 24 p. of pla

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Winchell: Gossip, Power, & the Culture of Celebrity
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Product details xvi, 681 p., 24 p. of pla pages Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated - English 9780679417514 Reviews:
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