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Errol Flynn: An Epic Life


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Kevin McAleer was born in Santa Monica, California, received his doctorate in history from UC San Diego, and presently lives as a writer and translator in Berlin. His stories have appeared in German and American periodicals, he is author notably of the novels SURFERBOY and BERLIN TANGO as well as co-editor of the two-volume work EVERYMAN IN EUROPE: ESSAYS IN SOCIAL HISTORY and author of DUELING: THE CULT OF HONOR IN FIN-DE-SIECLE GERMANY which was chosen by the Encylopaedia Britannica as one of its "Books of the Year." In his ERROL FLYNN: AN EPIC LIFE the author now brings the fine art of versemaking to his unique combination of rigorous scholarship and storytelling flair.


A pleasant and unusual surprise...a daring adventure in biographical refurbishment[: ]
Wonderful nostalgia, rash and brash
And far from the usual fan-mag trash."

--Rex Reed, eminent American film critic

I find it hard to overestimate the cunning of McAleer's decision to give Flynn a Byronic costume, not only in the charisma Flynn shared with his Lordship, but in Byron's own verse panache. McAleer's wit and verbal deftness are the vessel on which his glorious project is launched, and they swell the sails of his splendid, hilarious and touching book. It's a heartfelt tribute not only to Flynn but to Byron himself and all the fearless ones who have seized the stage of life and demanded the spotlight.

--Carey Harrison, novelist, from the Foreword

The correlation between Flynn and Byron is certainly convincing. What a story...a wonderfully entertaining work.

--Fiona MacCarthy, author of Byron: Life and Legend

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