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Brothers : What the Van Goghs, Booths, Marxes, Kelloggs--And Colts--Tell Us about How Siblings Shape Our Lives and History - George Howe Colt

Brothers

What the Van Goghs, Booths, Marxes, Kelloggs--And Colts--Tell Us about How Siblings Shape Our Lives and History

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Published: 1st June 2014
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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. Vincent van Gogh would never have survived without the financial and emotional support of his younger brother, Theo, in a claustrophobic relationship that both defined and confined them.

Henry David Thoreau's life was shadowed by the early death of his older brother, John, who haunted and inspired his writing. Colt parallels his quest to understand how his own brothers shaped his life with an examination of the complex relationships between famous brothers in history. Illuminating and affecting, Colt's magnificent book is a history told through the lens of fraternal rivalry--and love.

About the Author

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. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, Anne Fadiman, and their two children.

"A captivating blend of historical anecdote, personal revelation, and psychological insight, this lively and imaginative book will serve up a great deal of wisdom (and just as much fun) to anyone who has ever been a brother or had a brother. In fact, maybe all you have to do to derive pleasure and nourishment from Colt's book is simply to have once met a brother--it's that appealing."--Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

ISBN: 9781416547785
ISBN-10: 1416547789
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st June 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 14.6  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.47