Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 20, 2013 - 384 pages
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From one of England’s wittiest writers, a “captivating, glittering, engaging, entertaining confection” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times) of 101 unlikely encounters between pairs of historical figures from Salvador Dali and Sigmund Freud to Marilyn Monroe and Frank Lloyd Wright.

IMAGINE THESE UNLIKELY—BUT TRUE—ENCOUNTERS:

Martha Graham and Madonna

Igor Stravinsky and Walt Disney

Frank Lloyd Wright and Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe and Nikita Khrushchev

President Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley

Harpo Marx and George Bernard Shaw

Salvador Dali and Sigmund Freud

Groucho Marx and T. S. Eliot

BRILLIANT IN CONCEPTION AND DIZZYING IN EXECUTION, Hello Goodbye Hello is a daisy chain of 101 fascinating true encounters, chance meetings, and disastrous collisions between the celebrated and the gifted, the famous and the infamous. Witty and wicked, Hello Goodbye Hello is the perfect example that truth is stranger than fiction (and infinitely more enjoyable).
 

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User Review  - MarthaHuntley - LibraryThing

I considered this book a guilty pleasure -- an interesting premise, very gossipy, sometimes outrageous anecdotes. I found the first section and the last by far the most interesting -- the long middle bogged down in stories about people I'm not familiar with and couldn't really appreciate. Read full review

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I got to page 225 before I gave up. While I enjoyed some of the stories, they were only sort of interesting and finishing for bookclub began to feel like homework. I think part of the problem is that ... Read full review

Contents

Adolf Hitler + John ScottEllis
11
Nancy Reagan + Andy Warhol
26
Elizabeth Taylor + James Dean
41
Evelyn Waugh + Igor Stravinsky
51
Walt Disney + P L Travers
57
George Ivanovich Gurdjieff + Frank Lloyd Wright
64
Marilyn Monroe + Nikita Khrushchev
70
George Brown + Eli Wallach
78
George Bernard Shaw + Bertrand Russell
174
Sarah Miles + Terence Stamp
181
Edward Heath + Walter Sickert
188
Winston Churchill + Laurence Olivier
195
JD Salinger + Ernest Hemingway
202
Ford Madox Ford + Oscar Wilde
209
Marcel Proust + James Joyce
215
Harold Nicolson + Cecil Beaton
222

Frank Sinatra + Dominick Dunne
85
Phil Spector + Leonard Cohen
91
Janis Joplin + Patti Smith
97
Allen Ginsberg + Francis Bacon
103
HRH Princess Margaret + Kenneth Tynan
109
Truman Capote + Peggy Lee
115
President Richard M Nixon + Elvis Presley
123
Paul McCartney + Noel Coward
130
Prince Felix Youssoupoff + Grigori Rasputin
136
Tsar Nicholas II + Harry Houdini
142
President Theodore Roosevelt + HG Wells
149
Iosef Stalin + Maxim Gorky
155
Leo Tolstoy + Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
161
Sergei Rachmaninoff + Harpo Marx
167
Mick Jagger + Tom Driberg
228
Christopher Hitchens + George Galloway
236
Michael Barrymore + Diana Princess of Wales
244
Princess Grace + Alfred Hitchcock
250
Raymond Chandler + Howard Hawks
256
Howard Hughes + Cubby Broccoli
262
George Lazenby + Simon Dee
269
Michael Ramsey + Geoffrey Fisher
276
Roald Dahl + Kingsley Amis
282
Lord Snowdon + Barry Humphries
288
Salvador Dali + Sigmund Freud
294
Gustav Mahler + Auguste Rodin
301
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Craig Brown has been writing the Private Eye celebrity diary since 1989 and is a columnist for London’s Daily Mail. He has also written parodies for many publications, including the Daily Telegraph, Vanity Fair, The Times, and The Guardian. The author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, he lives in London.

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