Fewer good biographers: Gavin Lambert dead at 80

He was a really terrific, reliable and readable biographer, I’ll miss his work:

So your plan to become the greatest living biography is under way, I see.


… greatest living biographer …

Biography, biographer, either one works for the masses clamoring for Eve’s life story.

AFAIK the only book of his I’ve read is the Nazimova, and as I recall I found it quite entertaining.

I highly recommend his Norma Shearer book, too.

“If you only read one Norma Shearer book this year, make it Gavin Lambert’s,” say nine out of ten old-movie queens.

He wrote the first production history of Gone With the Wind, which became a mini-genre in itself.