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Since its publication in 1963, Sterling Hayden's autobiography, Wanderer, has been surrounded by controversy. The author was at the peak of his earning power as a movie star when he suddenly quit. He walked out on Hollywood, walked out of a shattered marriage, defied the courts, broke as an outlaw, set sail with his four children in the schooner Wanderer-bound for the South Seas. His attempt to escape launched his autobiography. It is the candid, sometimes painfully revealing confession of a man who scrutinized his every self-defeat and self-betrayal in the unblinking light of conscience.

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Since 1963, this autobiography has sparked controversy. At the peak of his career as a movie star, Hayden suddenly quit. He walked out on Hollywood, a shattered marriage, and judicial decree. A destitute outlaw, he and his four children set sail in the schooner WANDERER, bound for the South Seas. Candid and inspirational, Hayden's narrative reveals a complex, contradictory man seeking answers and consolation in love, adventure, drink, and escape.

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Stephilius, June 28, 2014 (view all comments by Stephilius)
This is simply a brilliant book. No "movie star bio" at all, this is a work of art. Hayden is a fearless writer, making bold shifts in time and tense and POV. His language is wildly poetic. And he's incredibly frank and searching and compassionate. If anyone had told me that I'd love a book that was centered around ocean sailing, I'd say they were insane. But this is a book I treasure. Period.
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Nikacat, October 17, 2010 (view all comments by Nikacat)
Sterling Hayden always downplayed his abilities as an actor, but anyone who witnessed his role in Dr. Strangelove surely believes otherwise. So also with Hayden as novelist. "Wanderer" ostensibly is the story of his madcap voyage in a schooner of that name from San Francisco to Tahiti and back again, but in reality the book is the autobiography of a seaman whose early life consisted of adventure and daring on the high seas. It skilfully chronicles these events in such a way as to produce a real page turner of a sea story.

You need to skip along over the first thirty or so pages, after which the author seems to catch his wind, addresses his task, and produces a narrative that only a handful of novelists would disclaim as their own. Such a pity that he left us with only two such great stories. "Wanderer" probably deserves a rating of five. The early chapters forced me to drop it to a four.

This exceptional actor/author refused to blow his own horn, and the world has mostly accepted the indictment. Such a sad mistake that is. Apply this simple test: if Hayden had failed as an actor, then why was he essentially forced into role after leading role by the most successful movie producers of his time? Equally, if his ability as a writer is questionable, then how can "Wanderer" still be in print a half century after first publication? Try it; you'll like it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781574090482
Author:
Hayden, Sterling
Publisher:
Sheridan House
Location:
Dobbs Ferry, NY :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Actors
Subject:
Sailing - Narratives
Subject:
Motion picture actors and actresses
Subject:
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Hayden, Sterling
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Nautical-Sailing
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19980131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
434
Dimensions:
8.20x5.54x1.27 in. 1.25 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Since 1963, this autobiography has sparked controversy. At the peak of his career as a movie star, Hayden suddenly quit. He walked out on Hollywood, a shattered marriage, and judicial decree. A destitute outlaw, he and his four children set sail in the schooner WANDERER, bound for the South Seas. Candid and inspirational, Hayden's narrative reveals a complex, contradictory man seeking answers and consolation in love, adventure, drink, and escape.
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