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By Brian Jay Jones


For the 1st time ever--a entire biography of 1 of the 20th century's such a lot leading edge inventive artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson

He was once a gradual dreamer whose genial bearded visage used to be well-known world wide, yet most folk acquired to grasp him purely throughout the iconic characters born of his fertile mind's eye: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, pass over Piggy, huge fowl. The Muppets made Jim Henson a loved ones identify, yet they have been simply a part of his outstanding story.

This notable biography--written with the beneficiant cooperation of the Henson family--covers the total arc of Henson's all-too-brief existence: from his early life in Leland, Mississippi, over the years of burgeoning repute in the USA, to the last decade of foreign star that preceded his premature demise at age fifty-three. Drawing on enormous quantities of hours of latest interviews with Henson's family members, buddies, and closest collaborators, in addition to remarkable entry to personal relatives and corporate information, Brian Jay Jones explores the production of the Muppets, Henson's contributions to Sesame road and Saturday evening reside, and his approximately ten-year crusade to convey The Muppet exhibit to tv. Jones offers the inventive context for Henson's non-Muppet tasks, together with the richly imagined worlds of The darkish Crystal and Labyrinth--as good as attention-grabbing misfires like Henson's dream of commencing an inflatable psychedelic nightclub.

An uncommonly intimate portrait, Jim Henson captures all of the features of this American unique: the grasp craftsman who revolutionized the presentation of puppets on tv, the savvy businessman whose dealmaking prowess received him a name as "the new Walt Disney," and the artistic group chief whose collaborative ethos earned him the timeless loyalty of each person who labored for him. right here is also perception into Henson's intensely deepest own existence: his Christian technology upbringing, his love of quickly automobiles and costly paintings, and his weak spot for ladies. even though an optimist through nature, Henson was once haunted through the suggestion that he should not have time to do every part he desired to do in life--a worry that his heartbreaking ultimate hours might turn out all too good founded.

An up-close examine the charmed lifetime of a legend, Jim Henson offers the whole degree to a guy whose cheerful genius transcended age, language, geography, and culture--and maintains to beguile audiences world wide.

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