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The Silver Screen Oasis Welcomes Lee Server in February


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The Silver Screen Oasis is pleased to invite you to a visit with Lee Server, the author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed biographies,

Robert Mitchum: Baby I Don't Care

("The film biography of the year" London Sunday Times)



Ava Gardner: Love Is Nothing

("Server's book is a gripping study of an elusive character, and a sizable contribution to the history of mid twentieth century cinema" Times Literary Supplement)



Mr. Server is also the author of several other fascinating books, including:


Sam Fuller: Film Is a Battleground

Screenwriter: Words Become Pictures

Asian Pop Cinema: Bombay to Tokyo

Danger Is My Business: The Illustrated History of the

Fabulous Pulp Magazines

The Big Book of Noir (co-edited with Martin H.Greenberg, and Ed Gorman).


Mr. Server's books are an engaging blend of frank yet affectionate gazes at some pivotal but often neglected cultural figures and their work. His books have been "highly recommended" by astute reviewers as "deliciously entertaining", and are, quite simply, "superb." Please look below if you'd like to read the recent critical reaction to Mr. Server's latest biography, Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing.


We'd love to have you join us in welcoming Lee Server at our

non-profit site from Monday, Feb. 18th through Friday, Feb. 22nd. You're welcome to stop by at the hyperlink below to participate in the discussion or simply to enjoy our moderated website. All are welcome at the SSO:



Critical Comments on

Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing (St. Martin's/Bloomsbury)

by Lee Server


"Enthralling...in the space of these pages, we befriend, then fall in love with, then finally mourn a remarkably beautful woman."

Peter Bogdanovich, New York Times Book Review


"Mr. Server, whose last book was a Robert Mitchum biography that lived up to its terrific title?can keep his cool. He is well suited to writing about sultry, iconic movie mavericks like these two Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing is a seductive book that avoids the pitfills that come with its territory. If her death is made palpable at the end of Mr. Server's book, that's understandable. He has spent 500 pages

successfully bringing her to life."

Janet Maslin, New York Times


"Server gets movie stars, and he gets movies?acute when he needs to be, dumbstruck when he needs to be, he reserves his judgments for the films and absolutely refuses to judge the people who make them-an almost perfect blend of qualities in a Hollywood biographer. This is every bit as thrilling as his previous biography of Robert Mitchum quite a trick for a biographer to pull off-both to immerse himself in his subjects and yet make them utterly his own at the same time. I can't wait to find out who he's doing next."

Tom Shone, Sunday Times (London)


"By the time we come to the end of Lee Server's irresistible and

finally heartbreaking new biography?it doesn't prepare us for the

sudden loss of the character he has made us fall in love with, suffer

and exult with for more than 500 pages?we'll be lucky to find a novel

this year with a character as vivid as he writes Gardner.

The Star-ledger


"The book is exceptionally well written, a huge step above most star

biographies. Server's style has punch and class. This is an

extravagantly researched book, rich with original sources."

Toronto Globe and Mail


"The most complete and engrossing biography yet of this exotic Southern girl who was just as insecure, perhaps even more unhappy than that mythically tragic figure Marilyn Monroe. An excellent book, full of juicy new detail."

Liz Smith, New York Post


"A life of much too much, all of it thoroughly and satisfyingly

recounted in Lee Server's biography. On the page, Server grants Gardner a dignity that eluded her in the final years of her life."

NY Daily News


"Server can tell a story dramatically or humorously-there is scarcely a

dull page. Diligently and widely researched, Server's book is a gripping

study of an elusive character, and a sizable contribution to the

history of mid twentieth century cinema."

The Times Literary Supplement

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