Madly

Madly, Deeply by Alan Rickman

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Alan Rickman remains one of the most beloved actors of all time across almost every genre, from his breakout role as Die Hard's villainous Hans Gruber to his heart-wrenching run as Professor Severus Snape, and beyond. His air of dignity, his sonorous voice and the knowing wit he brought to each role continue to captivate new audiences today.

But Rickman's artistry wasn't confined to just his performances. Rickman's writing details the extraordinary and the ordinary in a way that is anecdotal, indiscreet, witty, gossipy and utterly candid. He takes us behind the scenes on films and plays ranging from Sense & Sensibility, the Harry Potter series, Private Lives, My Name is Rachel Corrie and many more.

The diaries run from 1993 to his death in 2016 and offer insight into both a public and private life. Here is Rickman the consummate professional actor, but also the friend, the traveller, the fan, the director, the enthusiast: in short, the real Alan Rickman. Here is a life fully lived, all detailed in intimate and characteristically plain-spoken prose. Reading the diaries is like listening to Rickman chatting to a close friend.

Madly, Deeply also includes a selection of Rickman's early diaries, dating from 1974 to 1982, when his acting life first began, with a foreword from Emma Thompson.

ALAN RICKMAN was one of the world-class actors of his generation, as well as a tireless political activist, an avid traveller and a devoted confidant and friend. Through his never-before-seen diaries – a twenty-five-year passion project – Rickman invites readers backstage and into his life.


About the Author: Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born 21 February 1946) was an English actor and theatre director. He was a renowned stage actor in modern and classical productions and a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. In film his best-known work featured roles in Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the Harry Potter series and Sense & Sensibility. He won numerous awards including a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy. He died on 14 January 2016.

Alan Taylor is a journalist and writer. He was founding editor of The Scottish Review of Books. He has edited several acclaimed anthologies, including The Assassin's Cloak, a collection of the world's best diarists. He is the author of Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark and the series editor of Spark's collected novels.

 

Additional information

Genre

Diaries, letters & journals

Readership Level

General (US: Trade)

ISBN

9781838854799

Author

Alan Taylor

Date of Publication

04 Oct 2022

Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries by Alan Rickman ISBN 9781838854799

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