David Robinson's definitive and monumental biography of Charlie Chaplin, the greatest icon in the history of cinema, who lived one of the most dramatic rags to riches stories ever told. Chaplin's life was marked by extraordinary contrasts: the child of London slums who became a multimillionaire; the on-screen clown who was a driven perfectionist behind the camera; the adulated star who publicly fell from grace after personal and political scandal. This engrossing and definitive work, written with full access to Chaplin's archives, tells the whole story of a brilliant, complex man. David Robinson is a celebrated film critic and historian who wrote for The Times and the Financial Times for several decades. His many books include World Cinema, Hollywood in the Twenties and Buster Keaton. "A marvellous book ...unlikely ever to be surpassed". (Spectator). "I cannot imagine how anyone could write a better book on the great complex subject ...movingly entertaining, awesomely thorough and profoundly respectful". (Sunday Telegraph). "One of the great cinema books; a labour of love and a splendid achievement". (Variety). "One of those addictive biographies in which you start by looking in the index for items that interest you ...and as dawn breaks you're reading the book from cover to cover". (Financial Times).