I found the story of Chaplin's early life and how it influenced his great films to be very interesting. The book covers his rise through the Mack Sennett Studios and going independent. The author then spends five minutes to wrap up the next 50 years of Chaplin's life in a brief essay, skipping his family life altogether. He then goes into a debate over the authenticity of an unpublished Chaplin book. Very disappointing. Apparently his book draws on research in David Robinson's Chaplin book, which I will track down.
This should be titled The Early Years, or The Rise of Charlie Chaplin. It's not a biography of his entire life.
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