CONVERSATIONS WITH BRANDO
by Lawrence Grobel

Publisher:  Hyperion

Pub Date:  1997

Format:   Hardcover and Trade Paperback

Brief Description
Larry Grobel is the only writer to interview the reclusive Brando at length on his own island.  The most definitive source available of Brando in his own words.

Foreign Sales:
Spain

Endorsement and Review Highlights:

"You got me!"
-Marlon Brando

"Brando tells Grobel what he won't discuss, but before you know it, they're talking about the forbidden subjects in depth. Amazing. How does Grobel do it?"
--Elmore Leonard, novelist

"The best book about Brando that's ever been written…This is the most revealing portrait of the man that I've ever seen."
--Jules Buck, producer

"Fascinating…Brando remains one of the century's truly remarkable and intriguing characters. … Grobel painstakingly nurtures his sometimes obstinate subject into a state of openness…As interesting as the interview itself is the commentary Grobel provides…A must purchase."
--Booklist

"Pure, unadulterated Brando: diverse philosophical gambits, outrageous quips, pointed anecdotes and thoughtful comments on his life…Grobel is the interviewer's interviewer."
-Playboy

"A fascinating document. It explains Brando accurately: the torment, the arrogance-almost willed toward self-destruction-but above all, the soaring talent. It frightened me in a way. It's a scary book. Brando is challenging and more fearless than the rest of us dare to be."
--James A. Michener, novelist

"This interview shows Brando to be the sanest man in America…A volume of conversation guaranteed to entertain."
--J.P.Donleavy, novelist and playwright

"This book is one of the most complete pictures of the interview process and its aftermath available to readers….Grobel's mastery of the interview form is never in doubt."
--Rick Schultz, Village View

--"If there is a Mozart of Interviewers, Larry Grobel is that individual…If the Interview as an art form emerges as a predominant prose genre in the 21st century, it will be the 5result of interviewers like Larry who manage to be both invisible and yet subtly dominating. In Larry's case, the Mozartian metaphor has a twofold meaning: the interviewer's apparent ease of execution and the consistently high quality of the work."
--Joyce Carol Oates

"A legend among journalists, Grobel's penchant for landing the impossible subjects has earned him respect among his peers."
--Writer's Digest

"I've admired Mr. Grobel's work for the past eight years, since he became Playboy's star celebrity interviewer. He is a respected master at this form."
--Michael Luzzi, Goodlife Magazine, Feb. 1986

"Making a living as an interviewer and observer of celebrities is something many writers dream about, but few attain. Patience, persistence and ability to function under pressure are only a few of the skills required to perform in this demanding profession. So when Playboy magazine, the publication that turned question-and-answer from a science into an art, named Larry Grobel the "interviewer's interviewer," it was the consummate compliment."
--Marie Moneysmith, Satellite Orbit, Sept. 1983

"Larry Grobel senses there are no answers in life, only questions. Good ones."
--Robert Towne, screenwriter

"Larry Grobel has to be regarded as the most intelligent interviewer in the United States. A fact that this present volume brilliantly, and fascinatingly demonstrates."
--from the foreword by J.P. Donleavy

"As an interviewer Larry's all the things Joyce Carol Oates has said he is: prepared, adaptable, and graced with the intelligence needed to shoot the breeze and elicit intriguing responses from uncommonly gifted and often uncommonly suspicious subjects,"
--Robert Towne

"In his quiet, conversational way, Larry gets people to talk about things they'd rather not talk about."
--Elmore Leonard

"There are few interviewers that you actually want to talk to. Larry Grobel is at the top of my list.
--Dylan McDermott

"Trust is the beginning of a good interview: you want to break through that wall. You can't get someone to open up and give you a good interview if you don't trust the interviewer. And Larry is somebody who is trustworthy."
--Hugh Hefner

"Some of the most fulfilling stories I've worked on have been Larry Grobel's. What I like most about Larry's style is that he is never, ever intimidated or star struck by his subjects. He asks the hard questions and he goes off the beaten path, asking people not just about movies, but about religion, art and politics. Larry asks the right questions."
-- Heidi Parker (West Coast editor of Playboy; former editor of Movieline)

"Conversations with Brando is one of the most complete pictures of the interview process and its aftermath available to readers….Grobel's mastery of the interview form is never in doubt."
--Rick Schultz, Village View

"I think I could read Lawrence Grobel forever....His previous books, Above the Line: Conversations About the Movies, Conversations with Capote, The Hustons, Conversations with Brando, and Talking With Michener, are textbook studies in the nimble, alchemical art of interviewing someone--listening well, asking improper questions when necessary, and transforming the somewhat artificial setup of an interview into intriguing dialogue....Grobel deserves a chunk of your reading time; he's able to take you in directions you didn't think you'd be heading."
--Clay Smith,
Austin Chronicle


[CONVERSATIONS WITH CAPOTE]

"A candid, controversial, and engrossing read…from a tiny terror who wore brass knuckles on his tongue."
--PARADE

"Startling."
-Star

"Very hot."
-Liz Smith, N.Y. Daily News

"Certain to be one of the most talked-about books. Whether discussing his views on lovers and loving, politicians and politics, murderers and murder, or writers and writing, Capote can be depended upon to elevate gossip and opinion to the level of art."
--Huntsville News

"A marvelous book. Vivacious, intelligent, beastly, informative, with a volatile but recognizable integrity, there's hardly a sentence which bores, and it should have been twice as long."
--Duncan Fallowell, Spectator



[THE HUSTONS]

"A Masterpiece of Hollywood reportage that shall reverberate for years."
--James A Michener

"The best book of the year, Grobel's writing is quite marvelous. The Hustons reads vividly, just like one of John Huston's great films."
--J.P. Donleavy

"Biography writing at its absolute best."
--Larry King, USA Today

"A feast of a book.."
--David Thomson, The New Republic

"The Hustons reads alike a gutsy movie that might have been made by Huston himself: lots of melodrama, traumas and triumphs, womanizing and affairs, demons and ambitions. And always life carried on with flair."
--Hollywood Reporter

"An engrossing study in family dyanamics…Marvelous…This is one of the best biographies of a Hollywood personality since-actually, I can't recall since when."
--Alyn Brodsky, The Miami Herald

"An immensely enjoyable read. The Hustons is fact but it reads like a romantic, exciting and compelling novel."
--Frank Thompson, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"The Hustons is a delicious, wicked guide to the delicious, wicked life of a sly, sadistic scoundrel who, for all his boozing, bullying, braggadocio, was equaled only by Byron in the sentimental cynicism and fecund carelessness with which he played the world's game."
--Frederic Raphael, The Sunday Times

"Grobel has written a brilliant book: it moves like a montage train that knows where to stop to tell you the salient facts and then catches speed so that the reader is magnetized to this book, which I predict will win awards for biography."
--Connie Martinson, Talks Books

"Huston was one of the characters Americans always need for our praise, scorn, and titillation-the royalty the Constitution forces us to seek outside of government. Lawrence Grobel's The Hustons is of that fine, American myth-making tradition, and…though it's hefty, it's excellent. It's a superb book…an engaging, well-drawn portrait, not only of a show business family dynasty, but of modern American culture."
--Steven Kane, L.A. Reader

"The best biography to date of John Huston…this 800 page book is the work to which all future biographers and critics must turn…Grobel writes lucidly and brightly…a first-class story about a personality more curious and fascinating than most characters in fiction."
--Kirk Honeycutt, Daily News


[ABOVE THE LINE: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE MOVIES]

"This book satisfies on every level. I ate my copy and feel very full."
--Steve Martin, cover blurb

"A diverse and lively collection, the highest art of the interview."
--Joyce Carol Oates

"Larry Grobel's interviews are informative and insightful without being pandering or intrusive. You get the sense at all times of both intelligence at work-the interviewee's and Grobel's-both inspired by the encounter."
--David Duchovny

"There are few interviewers that you actually want to talk to. Larry Grobel is at the top of my list. Above the Line is quintessential Grobel-it's smart, witty, and a whole lot of fun. There are passages in this book that will leave you stunned."
--Dylan McDermott

"In his quiet, conversational way, Larry gets people to talk about things they'd rather not talk about."
--Elmore Leonard


[ENDANGERED SPECIES: Writers Talk About Their Craft, Their Visions, Their Lives]

"As an interviewer Larry's all the things Joyce Carol Oates has said he is: prepared, adaptable, and graced with the intelligence needed to shoot the breeze and elicit intriguing responses from uncommonly gifted and often uncommonly suspicious subjects."
--Robert Towne, foreword to Endangered Species

"I think I could read Lawrence Grobel forever....His previous books, Above the Line: Conversations About the Movies, Conversations with Capote, The Hustons, Conversations with Brando, and Talking With Michener, are textbook studies in the nimble, alchemical art of interviewing someone--listening well, asking improper questions when necessary, and transforming the somewhat artificial setup of an interview into intriguing dialogue....Grobel deserves a chunk of your reading time; he's able to take you in directions you didn't think you'd be heading."
--Clay Smith, Austin Chronicle

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