The Resource John Wayne's America : the politics of celebrity, Garry Wills

John Wayne's America : the politics of celebrity, Garry Wills

Label
John Wayne's America : the politics of celebrity
Title
John Wayne's America
Title remainder
the politics of celebrity
Statement of responsibility
Garry Wills
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Eighteen years after his death, John Wayne is still America's favorite movie star. He was less an actor than a symbol, the most popular pop icon of the twentieth century, and one of the most important political figures in America. People shaped their lives or adopted political stands to conform to him as a template of authentic Americanism. Wayne became the lens through which people saw their own and their country's history. In this brilliant, groundbreaking study of the relationship between politics and popular culture, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills focuses on the manufacture of "John Wayne" from the raw materials of Marion Morrison, the person born in Iowa who became a myth, his own reality swallowed up in his meaning as master directors such as John Ford crafted films that made him the personification of America's frontier myth
  • Unlike other actors and actresses with whom we associate political views, Wayne embodied a politics of large meanings - a politics of gender (masculine), ideology (patriotism), character (self-reliance), and personal responsibility. It was a politics of implicit dogmas that often transcended his own views and behavior. Although Wayne avoided serving in the military during World War II, he became, through his screen roles, the model of the American soldier. Likewise, although Wayne's popular image is that of a staunch anti-Communist, in reality he avoided taking a stand in the bitter ideological war that raged in Hollywood until after the issue had been decided
  • In this work of great originality, the biography of an idea, Wills shows how John Wayne and the Hollywood image factories distorted or ignored important facts of Wayne's life to create his myth. Wills shows for the first time how Wayne, through his screen characters, spoke to the needs of his audience at crucial periods in American history, and how in response Americans invested their emotions in that embodiment of their deepest myths
Additional physical form
Also issued online.
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1934-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wills, Garry
Dewey number
  • 791.43/028/092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PN2287.W454
LC item number
W56 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
B W3593w
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wayne, John
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
Label
John Wayne's America : the politics of celebrity, Garry Wills
Link
http://www.h-net.org/review/hrev-a0a6b2-aa
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-351) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : The most dangerous man -- Introduction : Scope of the book -- Inventing a cowboy -- John Ford -- Inventing another cowboy -- Empire -- Propaganda -- Later Ford and Hawks -- A third cowboy -- Conclusion : American Adam
Control code
ocm35830182
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
380 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780684808239
Lccn
96047315
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)35830182
Label
John Wayne's America : the politics of celebrity, Garry Wills
Link
http://www.h-net.org/review/hrev-a0a6b2-aa
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-351) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue : The most dangerous man -- Introduction : Scope of the book -- Inventing a cowboy -- John Ford -- Inventing another cowboy -- Empire -- Propaganda -- Later Ford and Hawks -- A third cowboy -- Conclusion : American Adam
Control code
ocm35830182
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
380 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780684808239
Lccn
96047315
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)35830182

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