Paul Newman: A Life

Shawn Levy (Author)
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Product Details

Three Rivers Press (CA)
Publish Date
May 04, 2010
5.18 X 1.06 X 8.0 inches | 0.81 pounds

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About the Author

SHAWN LEVY is the author of six previous books, including the New York Timesbestsellers Rat Pack Confidential and Paul Newman: A Life. He served as film critic of The Oregonian from 1997 to 2012 and is a former senior editor ofAmerican Film and a former associate editor of Box Office. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, The Independent, Film Comment, Movieline, and Sight and Sound, among many other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


Praise for Paul Newman

"Shawn Levy's absorbing, affectionate portrait manages to bring [Newman] back to us.... PAUL NEWMAN: A LIFE leaves readers with a suprisingly cheering message. If the rest of us can't aspire to having Newman's life, we can at least take inspiration from the way he lived his. We can play the cards we're dealt-with guts, grace and generosity."
--The Washington Post

"Eloquent and perceptive....Levy's meticulously researched biography is as revealing a portrait as one could hope for....By the time Levy details Newman's last recorded words, you may find yourself blotting the ink on the final page."
--Christian Science Monitor

"[A] sweeping tribute to Newman....Levy offers reportage as impresive as his critical analysis. PAUL NEWMAN: A LIFE is a layered and absorbing portrait."

"A graceful tribute to a one-of-a-kind man."
--Seattle Times

"A rich, serious, yet thoroughly readable biography of a major American movie icon....Fascinating."
--Portland Oregonian

"[A] very readable accounting of Newman's life. Levy reveals the chinks...while still deeply appreciating the man."
--People (featured review, 3 1/2 stars)

"[R]ichly researched....Shawn Levy, a film critic at Portland's Oregonian, has done his homework....Being able to bask in Newman's Own insights is enough to bring this one-of-a-kind star back to life, however briefly. And to miss him terribly again when the final page is turned."
--USA Today

"An illuminating look at one of the true greats, full of humor and intelligent analysis-highly recommended."
--Kirkus, starred review

"Levy's unique representation...will leave readers feeling that they have somehow slipped through the security gate and gotten to know a movie star who was famously guarded about his private life."

"Respectful, thoroughgoing....Levy doesn't' shy from discussing Newman's shortcomings as a father and husband, yet he leaves a glowing assessment of this legend's career."
--Publishers Weekly

Praise for Shawn Levy

The Last Playboy
"[Levy is] a bulldog researcher, and many of his judgments are entertaining, informative book."
--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

Ready, Steady, Go!
"Nimble and exciting . . . Levy's writing is more smashing than an Austin Powers movie."
--Entertainment Weekly

Rat Pack Confidential
"An excellent book, not only in its depictions of the Pack's carryings-on but in its portrayal of the dark turns each life took."
--Boston Sunday Globe