Harold Robbins: The Man Who Invented Sex Paperback
Harold Robbins, the godfather of the airport novel, changed the face of publishing with classics such as "The Carpetbaggers", "The Dream Merchants" and "The Lonely Lady".
His readers loved his steamy tales of money, soft porn, drugs, corruption, greed and, just sometimes, redemption.
The world's first playboy writer, Robbins reportedly frittered away $50 million on fast cars, loose women and high living.
But obsessed with fame and fortune, Robbins was a deeply complex and often controversial man, and even his closest friends and lovers could only guess at the past of the man behind the perma-tanned mask and gigantic mirrored sunglasses.
This is the fascinating story of his extraordinary life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 06/10/2008
- Category: Biography: literary
- ISBN: 9780747593799
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Review by apkl4350
This is a very well-written and compelling biography of the man who pioneered the 'blockbuster' novel. It is amazing to realise just how big Robbins was - selling millions of novels and pushing the boundaries of what could be published by mainstream publishers at a time when censorship was being challenged. Robbins' popularity was huge for a period - but he was quickly overtaken by writers with more literary skill. Robbins was a pretty unpleasant person - a man of contradictions who was expert at telling stories about himself and making it hard to know what was the truth about him (especially his childhood - he routinely told stories about being an orphan but grew up in a relatively normal, stable household). The book also captures very well a particular moment in time when excessive lifestyles (drugs, sex and extravagant spending) were the epitome of glamour. Robbins' sad last years can be seen as something of an instructive tale.