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

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Thirteen years in the writing, ‘Erotic Vagrancy’ doesn’t only surpass every other biography of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton yet to appear, this rich, vital and passionately articulated book, which is as extravagant and wayward as its two subjects, is also about celebrity, creativity, being flawed, being brilliant, sexuality, the intermingling of a low and a highbrow existence, pride, insecurity, attraction and repulsion, and devilry. We see Taylor the child actress exchanging dogs and horses for husbands. We see Burton emerging from the mists and brimstone of Wales to be the greatest theatrical animal of his generation. The pair come together in Rome during the making of Cleopatra, which gives Lewis the opportunity for a major farcical set-piece. We are shown the splendid vulgarity of the Sixties, where the narrative of Taylor and Burton becomes a Pop Art story.

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