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A Curious Man: the Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe it or not" Ripley



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Author
Thompson, Neal
Descriptors
Biography
Nonfiction
Location/Setting:
New York (City)
San Francisco, California
Time Period:
1920s
1930s
1940s
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Summary
This book details the very interesting but very odd life of Ripley. He started out poor, painfully shy, and very self-conscious of his large teeth and stutter. A caring teacher took note of his artistic talents and allowed him to draw his reports, rather than write and speak about them, saving him the embarrassment of his stutter. As Ripley grew older, he honed his skills and began his career as a newspaper cartoonist, later stumbling onto his wildly popular “Believe It or Not!” fame after first showcasing odd sports feats. As his life progressed, Ripley became rich, famous, odd and erratic.
Critique
A very interesting read, the only fault might be at times it can give too many details on Ripley's life.
ISBN
9780770436209
  iBistro
# of Pages
421
Published
2013
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Reviewer's Initials: SJH


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