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University of Michigan Press

It

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A consumers guide to iconic celebrity and ageless glamour

Strikingly original, wickedly witty, and thoroughly learned, Roachs anatomy of abnormally interesting people and the vicarious pleasure we take in our modern equivalents to gods and royals will captivate its readers from the first page. I dare you to read just one chapter!

Felicity Nussbaum, University of California, Los Angeles

It considers the effect that arises when spectacularly compelling performers and cultural fantasy converge, as in the outpouring of public grief over the death of Princess Diana. . . . An important work of cultural history, full of metaphysical wit . . . It gives us a fresh vocabulary for interpreting how after-images endure in cultural memory.

Andrew Sofer, Boston College

Joseph Roachs enormous erudition, sharp wit, engaging style, and gift for finding the most telling historical detail or literary quote are here delightfully applied to the intriguing subject of why certain historical and theatrical figures have possessed a special power to fascinate their public.

Marvin Carlson, Graduate Center, City University of New York

That mysterious characteristic Itthe easily perceived but hard-to-define quality possessed by abnormally interesting peopleis the subject of Joseph Roachs engrossing new book, which crisscrosses centuries and continents with a deep playfulness that entertains while it enlightens.

Roach traces the origins of It back to the period following the Restoration, persuasively linking the sex appeal of todays celebrity figures with the attraction of those who lived centuries before. The book includes guest appearances by King Charles II, Samuel Pepys, Flo Ziegfeld, Johnny Depp, Elinor Glyn, Clara Bow, the Second Duke of Buckingham, John Dryden, Michael Jackson, and Lady Diana, among others.


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