Brothers On His Brothers and Brothers in History

ISBN-10: 1416547770
ISBN-13: 9781416547778
Edition: 2012
Authors: George Howe Colt
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Description: From the bestselling National Book Award finalist, a masterful blend of history and memoir featuring the author’s four brothers and iconic brothers in history—the Thoreaus, the Van Goghs, the Kelloggs, the Marx brothers, and the Booths.George Howe  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

From the bestselling National Book Award finalist, a masterful blend of history and memoir featuring the author’s four brothers and iconic brothers in history—the Thoreaus, the Van Goghs, the Kelloggs, the Marx brothers, and the Booths.George Howe Colt believes that he would be an entirely different man had he not grown up in a family of four brothers. He movingly recounts the adoration, envy, rivalry, affection, anger, and compassion in their shifting relationships from childhood through middle age.     In alternate chapters, Colt moves from a quest to understand how his own brothers shaped his life to an examination of the complex relationships between iconic brothers in history. Readers will learn how Edwin Booth grew up to become the greatest actor on the nineteenth-century American stage while his younger brother John grew up to assassinate a president. How Will Kellogg worked for his older brother John Harvey as a subservient yes-man for two decades until he finally broke free and launched the cereal empire that outlasted all his brother’s enterprises. How Vincent van Gogh would never have survived without the support of his younger brother Theo within a claustrophobic relationship that both defined and confined them. How Henry David Thoreau’s life was shadowed by the early death of his older brother, John, who haunted and inspired his writing. And how the Marx Brothers collaborated on the screen but competed offstage for women, money, and fame.     Illuminating and affecting, this book will be revelatory for any parent of sons, any brother or sister, anyone curious about how thoroughly a man’s life can be molded by his brothers.

George Howe Colt is the bestselling author of The Big House, which was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times notable book of the year, and November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide. nbsp;He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, Anne Fadiman, and their two children.

The Colt Boys
Good Brother, Bad Brother: Edwin and John Wilkes Booth
The Fallout Shelter
Brother Against Brother: John and Will Kellogg
Baseball
Brother's Keeper: Vincent and Theo van Gogh
Under the Influence
Brothers, Inc.: Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo, and Zeppo Marx
Aerogrammes
The Lost Brother: John and Henry David Thoreau
The Colt Men
Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography
Index

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