Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp in America, 1947–77: Available on Amazon
This new book by Lisa Stein Haven focuses on the re-invigoration of Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp persona in America from the point Chaplin reached the acme of his disfavour in the States, promoted by the media, through his departure from America in 1952, and ending with his death in Switzerland in 1977. By considering factions of America as diverse as 8mm film collectors, Beat poets and writers and readers of Chaplin biographies, this cultural study determines conclusively that Chaplin’s Little Tramp never died, but in fact experienced a resurgence, which began slowly even before 1950 and was wholly in effect by 1965 and then confirmed by 1972, the year in which Chaplin returned to the United States for the final time, to receive accolades in both New York and Los Angeles, where he received an Oscar for a lifetime of achievement in film.
The author is Associate Professor of English at Ohio University Zanesville, USA. She specializes in 20th Century British and American literature and silent film comedy. Her last book A Comedian Sees the World, an edition of Charlie Chaplin’s 1934 travelogue, has been translated into five languages.