Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce

Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce

Born illegitimate on New York's Upper West Side, with nothing to recommend her but blonde good looks and a ferocious intelligence, she used sex, street smarts, acid humor, and money to plot a career more improbable than anything in her own fiction and drama. At ten, Clare Boothe understudied Mary Pickford on Broadway. At twenty, she was both a suffragette and a siren to we Born illegitimate on New York's Upper West Side, with nothing to recommend her but blonde good looks and a ferocious inte...

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Title:Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce
Author:Sylvia Jukes Morris
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:561 pages pages

Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce Reviews

  • Mary
    Jun 14, 2014
    So many biographers become enamored with their subjects to the point that they are incapable of rendering an honest portrait. This is not the case with this author. Fascinating reading. ...
  • Anna Wanderer
    Jun 07, 2007
    A well told biography of a very interesting woman. I've been waiting many years for the second volume and haven't seen it. This one is definitely worth a read. ...
  • Marcie
    Apr 17, 2015
    The upside of this biography is that it was a fair portrait of a woman of great ambition and drive who achieved nearly every goal she set for herself. Ms. Morris doesn't whitewash the fact that Clare Booth Luce was an incredible narcissist who only cared about other people vis a vis th...
  • Emily Klein
    Jan 31, 2012
    One of the most engaging biographies I have read in years. I was so bummed when I got to the end and realized it was only part one! But a fascinating portrait of a really talented and beautiful woman. ...
  • Freddy
    Aug 18, 2010
    Interesting view of mid 20th century and the characters that inhabited it. ...
  • Kelly
    Jun 14, 2010
    I knew very little about CBL before reading this, other than she was the author of THE WOMEN. Well, now I know too much. CBL was over-the-top, all-consuming, half-crazy and power-mad woman. I felt positively inadequate when reading about how she looked at life. Wow. I wish it had bee...
  • Monica
    Aug 22, 2012
    Such a fascinating read- I had no idea what a feminist intellectual Clare Boothe Luce was and especially during the 30s and 40s. Her life story inspired me and reminded me of the importance of living passionately and true to one's ambitions no matter the cost. ...
  • Laura C.
    May 29, 2009
    I had alwasy wented to find out more about Claire Boothe Luce. Born out of wedlock to an ambitious and beautiful mother, she was taught early how to use men to get what seh wanted. A classic story of sleeping her way to the top, she was also stunningly smart. She became a playwright, e...
  • Butch
    Jun 23, 2012
    Fascinating woman of the 20th century. ...
  • Michael Thomas Angelo
    May 14, 2010
    I love The Women so this should be a good read ...
  • Lee Ann
    Jan 12, 2015
    I knew the name, Clare Boothe Luce, and assumed she was married to Time's Henry Luce. If you told me she wrote the play The Women, I'd say of course. But that was my sole knowledge of Clare Boothe Luce. This was a fascinating read of a woman driven to be rich and famous, propelled by a...
  • Toni
    Oct 30, 2014
    I had no knowledge of Clare Boothe Luce prior to reading this book. I am very interested in reading the second installment of this biography. I thought that the author dealt with the subject matter in a very fair and unjudgemental way. ...
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  • Bob Mayer
    Feb 01, 2019
    A fascinating biography of a woman who cut her own way in a time when the rules were very different. She could be considered famous and/or notorious. Well written and the title gives you an idea of the subject's motivation. A great insight to a swath of history and a woman's path in...
  • Kate
    Mar 28, 2016
    A great read for biography lovers. CBL is a name we have all heard of, but I for one did not know much about her. Fascinating woman and fascinating story. Although she doesn't appear to have been a very likable character. Her life spanned all the interesting events of the 20th century ...
  • Marti
    Nov 18, 2013
    My mother and I recently went on a tour of old homes on the Cooper River (Moncks Corner, SC) which included CBL's Mepkin Plantation, which is now a Trappist Monastery. Intrigued, I googled her and found that one of my all-time famous witticisms ("No Good Deed Goes Unpunished") is attri...
  • Diane Lybbert
    May 05, 2012
    This extremely long (450+ pages) biography details Clare's life from early childhood being raised by self-absorbed mother and no father, through clerical job at a fashion magazine, through various affairs with (mostly married) older men, whose money and influence she uses to attain eve...
  • Ann
    Oct 27, 2014
    Wow, what a woman was our Clare! Had no idea she had such a "romantic" history. Fascinating story of this brilliant, beautiful, and bewitching woman who was tough as nails. can't wait for volume 2. ...
  • Laura
    Jun 16, 2014
    Read this a few years ago. Just now remembered it. ...
  • Jim Cullison
    Jun 28, 2014
    One of the great page-turner biographies, this first volume of the Clare Boothe Luce saga combines unbeatable documentation and research with spellbinding writing. This is a fascinating portrayal of a fascinating American success story. Very highly recommended! ...
  • Charles Kerns
    Oct 05, 2015
    Clare Boothe Luce sticks it where no woman has gone before. And gets away with it. Morris has apparently set CBL as her life work, to read every letter/journal/diary and quote the memorable or juicy parts in her book(s). Thanks. Best of all, her writing did not get in CBL's way as s...
  • Anne
    Feb 03, 2016
    Reading in tandem the Rage for Fame and Price of Fame..both bios on Clare Boothe Luce, makes me wonder if the critics would have been as scathing if she were a man. ...
  • Barbara
    Jan 02, 2016
    Very interesting historically, but long and has started to drag a bit. Will go back soon to finish. About Clare Booth Luce who rose from nothing to fame in the 40's. Married publisher Henry Luce. She was a writer, Congresswoman, Ambassador, converted to Catholicism as an adult, althoug...
  • Tamara Willems
    Dec 21, 2014
    Brilliantly researched, in-depth portrait of an intelligent, enigmatic driven woman's carefully calculated rise in American society and indeed a place in it's history. Very much looking forward to the second volume by Sylvia Jukes Morris. ...
  • Kristen
    Aug 09, 2014
    "Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce" is an unflinching look at the life of Clare Boothe Luce from birth until her election to Congress in 1942. Morris describes a complicated, egotistical, self-involved woman who coasted from adventure to adventure, success to success, and ...
  • Phil Smith
    Jul 01, 2014
    The first of a two volume biography of Clare Boothe Luce, author, reporter, Congresswoman, political rabble rouser,and wife of Time-Life founder Henry Luce. Interesting for the portrayal of its subject, her times and the many characters in her life. ...
  • Christine Hagstrom
    Sep 04, 2016
    Started this as a Vanity Fair excerpt and couldn't put down the two-part book series. ...
  • Jean
    Mar 09, 2015
    Sylvia Jukes Morris?s biography published in 1997 of Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987) is a fascinating account of the life of a beautiful, very talented writer as well as an ambitious woman. Clare was born in poverty and raised by a single mother, her mother pushed her to excel at all s...
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    Apr 16, 2018
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