Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: April 13, 2021
Edward White’s The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock is called a biography in the book’s marketing materials, but this text is actually a different animal. In any case, it falls short as a biography. It’s best to look at the book as a study of various aspects of Alfred Hitchcock’s personality or persona. There are twelve in total, and each is given its own chapter:
“The Boy Who Couldn’t Grow Up”
“The Fat Man”
“The Family Man”
“The Man of God”
Each of these elements are examined in some depth as we learn biological information mixed with theoretical commentary. It’s all very interesting and thoroughly enjoyable even if we might disagree with certain opinions peppered throughout the pages or question some of the information provided. In the end, it is a pleasant read even if it isn’t an essential text about the subject.