The Autograph Hound
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Hailed as a “tour de force” by the New York Times, this irresistible novel captures John Lahr’s madcap genius
Meet Benny Walsh: busboy at the Homestead restaurant in New York City by day, compulsive autograph hunter by night. Known for going to extraordinary lengths for a much-coveted signature, Benny is also tangled up with an actress and fellow autograph hound named Gloria, and drawn into an embittered battle with his archenemy, a headwaiter with a grudge. Lahr’s acclaimed debut novel captures one wild week in Benny’s life. It is an introduction to a brilliantly drawn and determined character who will stay with you long after the final page.
“John Lahr writes like a master. He has a unique understanding of those who labor in the corners of show business.” —Mike Nichols “In a wild, hilarious and ultimately terrifying work, John Lahr has created a new Everyman.” —Studs Terkel
“First rate . . . an accomplished tour de force!” —The New York Times
"It is a funny, moving, terrifying portrait of the dream life of America—haunting, beautifully written. I think it is a very important book.” —Arthur Kopit
“Brilliantly funny and poignant first novel.” —Publishers Weekly
John Lahr (b. 1941) is an acclaimed author. He was the senior drama critic at the New Yorker for twenty years. He has twice received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism and was the first critic to win a Tony Award, for co-authoring Elaine Stritch at Liberty. The author of eighteen books, ranging from fiction to biography, Lahr is best known for Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr (1969) and Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton (1978), which was made into a film. He lives in London.
- Category: Literary
- Published: Jan 22, 2013
- Publisher: Open Road Media
- Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
- Print Length: 239 Pages
- Language: English