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Lucy: A to Z (4th Edition)

Lucy: A to Z (4th Edition)


Lucille Ball Encyclopedia: Lucy A to Z

From the Publisher Since iUniverse published the first edition of Lucy A to Z in 2001, a lot has happened, resulting in this new, expanded and revised Fourth Edition published in January 2008, with pictures for the first time. Lucy A to Z has found acceptance in the hearts of Lucy fans everywhere, from The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz in Jamestown, N.Y. to all corners of the globe, thanks to the Internet.

During 2001, after the publication of the first edition, Karol heard from fans who asked if the "next edition" could include more information on Lucy's co-stars. A trip to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and a look at the files on Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance convinced Karol there was much more information out there to be reported. A Third Edition followed, published in late 2003. Karol was fascinated by what the press and studios wrote about their stars, and how it filtered down to the public. He knew other fans would be interested, too, so many of the new entries came from publicity generated during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Karol's late friend and fellow author, Craig Hamrick, convinced him in 2006 to explore the idea of a Fourth Edition. When the author realized he had enough new material for another small book, he decided to go ahead with a fourth edition, and this time add pictures. The book has been totally redesigned to make it easier to read and find information. There are more than 50 new entries, and every original entry has been re-edited and, in many cases, changed or added to. There are 50 pictures, many of them exclusives, and many not seen for years (including the cover shot, a gorgeous Technicolor-like masterpiece by Harry Warnecke that is in the National Portrait Gallery). And the book has been made a larger size, 7.5x9.25 inches, to better reflect its larger-than-life subject.

Editorial Reviews

“Very important. Fresh insights. The most detailed—and most enjoyable—book available on Lucille Ball. A must-have.” —Laura Wagner,

Classic Images “As we are producing the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special, [Lucy A to Z] has been a godsend.” —Lucie Arnaz, 2001 letter to author

“[Lucy A to Z is a] compound of insight, fact, and trivia.” —Stefan Kanfer, author, Ball of Fire

“This new Fourth Edition of Lucy A to Z is a wonderful read and I’m very pleased to recommend it to everyone.” —Wanda Clark, Lucille Ball’s personal secretary

“If you need any ‘splainin’ about Lucy’ life and career, you’ll find it here!” —Craig Hamrick, author, The TV Tidbits Classic Television Trivia Quiz Book

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