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The Great Lester: Ventriloquism's Renaissance Man: by David Erskine Foreword by Jeff Dunham, Erskine, David
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Author Name:    Erskine, David

Title:   The Great Lester: Ventriloquism's Renaissance Man: by David Erskine Foreword by Jeff Dunham

Binding:   PAPERBACK

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 

ISBN Number:   1478325976 / 9781478325970

Seller ID:   ING9781478325970

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In this engrossing "fictional memoir" based on original sources, Harry Eugene Lester paints a rich picture of his life and times as the world's premiere ventriloquist in the heyday of vaudeville and beyond. Not only will "vents" and historians appreciate this book, but also, as it's a delight to read, anyone who likes to read personal reflections of a life well lived can enjoy The Great Lester: Ventriloquism's Renaissance Man. The Great Lester was a Renaissance man-a free spirit-a creative person who originated a ventriloquist act that both changed and enlightened American ventriloquism, even as he wrestled with the changing times and his own inner world. What makes that character different from the rest of us? What are the secrets of his talent? What is creative vision, and where does it come from? Based on original research, including access to newspaper and magazine accounts and previously unpublished correspondence, and primary source tape recordings made by Lester, The Great Lester: Ventriloquism's Renaissance Man presents the first fully integrated portrait of this American icon of ventriloquism. Few performers lived such a large and eventful life while transportation and electricity changed the world. Lester's early life was one of restless adventure going to new places following traveling entertainment-first with the circus, then Dime Museums, and then American vaudeville and music halls in Europe. He traveled the world, becoming famous and wealthy, and then becoming penniless as the fashions in show business changed. Lester possessed an evangelical zeal to share his approaches regarding acquiring the art and craft of ventriloquism. His most famous student was Edgar Bergen, fresh from high school in 1922. Lester spent his last years teaching ventriloquism students one on one at his studio in Hollywood. Erskine brings Lester to life as never before. He also details parts of Lester's personality that cannot be easily understood-his defiance of rules regarding his career and his inability to change with the fashions in show business.

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