Erotic Vagrancy by Roger Lewis

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Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were a Sixties supercharged couple in an era of supercharged couples. As a pairing they were fantasy figures, impossibly desirable. Liz supple and soft, in perfumes and furs – yet with something demonic and lethal about her. Dick, in turn, with his ravaged, handsome face, looked as though lit by silver moonlight – poised to turn into a wolf.

Roger Lewis uses this glamorous and damaged pair as the starting point to tell the story of an age of excess: the freaks and groupies, the private jets and jewels and the yachts sailing in an azure sea; the magnificent bad taste and greed. It is about the clash of worlds: the filth and decay of South Wales and the grandeur and elegance of Old Hollywood; the fantasies we have about film stars and the fantasies the Burtons had about each other.

The comic genius of English writing takes on Hollywood, delusion, celebrity and last century’s ultimate glamour couple: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

About the Author: Roger Lewis has achieved considerable word-of-mouth success with Seasonal Suicide Notes. He has also written a biography of Anthony Burgess, and Sunday Times best-selling books on Laurence Olivier, Peter Sellers and the Carry On actor Charles Hawtrey.

30 Jan 2024

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Paperback / softback


Biography: arts & entertainment

Readership Level

General (US: Trade)



Publication Date

30 Jan 2024

Erotic Vagrancy: Everything about Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor by Roger Lewis ISBN 9780857381736

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