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Author Zinoman, Jason.

Title Letterman : the last giant of late night / Jason Zinoman.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]

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Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Display Shelf  92 LETTERMAN    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  B LETTERMAN, DAVID    Check Shelf
 Canton Public Library - Adult Department  BIO LETTERMAN    Check Shelf
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department  BIOGRAPHY LETTERMAN    Check Shelf
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult Department  B LETTERMAN DAVID Z    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Biographies  B LETTERMAN    Check Shelf
 Farmington, Barney Branch - Adult Department  B LETTERMAN, DAVID    Check Shelf
 Farmington, Main Library - Adult Department  B LETTERMAN, DAVID    Check Shelf
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  BIO LETTERMAN    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Biography  B-LETTERMAN LET    Check Shelf

Edition First edition.
Description xvi, 345 pages, [8] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [305]-327) and index.
Contents Part I: Education of a talk-show host, 1947-1979 -- Shock jock -- When David met Merrill -- Part II: The anti-talk show, 1980-1984 -- The art of stupid -- Not tonight -- The Harvard takeover -- Part III: The archangel of irony, 1984-1987 -- The founding fathers of late night -- The writer under the stairs -- The Letterman generation -- The two Daves -- Part IV: Writer's block, 1988-1993 -- Comedy is not pretty! -- Meg and Mom -- Part V: The very big show, 1993-2015 -- The agony of victory -- The Oscar myth -- Hinky -- More fun than humans should be allowed to have.
Summary In a career spanning more than thirty years, Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. Yet he is a remote, even reclusive, figure whose career is widely misunderstood. Zinoman goes behind the scenes of Letterman's television career to illuminate the origins of his revolutionary comedy, its overlooked influences, and how his work intersects with and reveals his famously eccentric personality.
Subject Letterman, David.
Television personalities -- United States -- Biography.
Comedians -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 9780062377210
0062377213
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