I don't want to discourage you from reading it! It does have some value...I think. I found her extremely unpleasant, but she didn't think she was being venomous, she was just relating the story the way she remembered it (or the way she had heard it, which often happens in the genre). Autobiographies are interesting to read but they're usually historical fiction.Harlowgold wrote:Miriam's book has been on my want list for a long time. Thanks for the warning - it's not now!!Frederica wrote: It would be hard to beat Miriam Cooper's effort for sheer bile, though. It read like she had a checklist of everyone who'd ever done her wrong, or who she thought had done her wrong, or who had passed her on the sidewalk one day when she was in a foul mood, and she was finally getting her chance to pay them back. What a little ray of sunshine she was.
In the "take with a truckload of salt" category, has anyone yet mentioned Adela Rogers St. Johns' books? Her style of writing is very out of fashion these days and you can't trust her as far as you could toss her, but they are interesting and...colorful. Yes, "colorful" is a good word.
Not quite autobiographies, but David Bruskin interviewed the White Brothers in the mid-1970s, those interviews have been published as a book.
Both Olga Petrova and...oh, whatsername, Russian vamp related to musician...both wrote autobiographies, although Russian vamp's was ghostwritten by Sandford Doty; he gets pretty colorful himself writing about that process in Giving Up the Ghost.