Sometimes a memoir knocks you over even before you read all of it. Such is the case with John Lithgow’s Drama: An Actor’s Education. I’ve read about it, listened to the author, and read a chapter of it at the Diane Rehm Show website.

Lithgow, who lives in New York, has made the rounds of the talk shows and could sell the book just with his charming personality.

The reason I want to read it, however, is that I already admire two things about the man which make the life one I want to know more about:

1. His love of language and literature has deep roots and great nurture. He knows Shakespeare and the great poets in his bones.

2. He had a happy childhood.

I first encountered the man behind the actor by watching this fantastic interview on Bill Moyers Journal:

As I write my third chapter of my own childhood memoir, Mr. Lithgow has given me an idea. Stay tuned. . . 

Shirley Showalter


  1. Richard Gilbert on October 7, 2011 at 2:15 am

    How neat, Shirley. When the student is ready . . . I have read such great things about his memoir, and now that you’ve weighed in, I know it’s good!

  2. doradueck on October 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm


  3. DazyDayWriter on October 9, 2011 at 2:58 am

    So glad you mentioned this memoir, Shirley. I heard the title somewhere, but didn’t know the details. Sounds like a winner. And it gave you an idea for your memoir — that’s great! I’ll be checking back soon to see what’s up …

  4. shirleyhs on October 11, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks, friends. I feel certain all of us will enjoy this book. Please come back and leave another comment if you get your copy first.

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