Edward McPherson traces Keaton's career, from his early days in vaudeville - where as a rambunctious five-year-old his father threw him around the stage - to his emergence as one of the brightest stars of silent film's Golden Age. He applied his ingenuity, athleticism, audacity and wit to the new medium of cinematic comedy and so rivalled Chaplin as its master. And although there was some sadness to follow in Keaton's life, he would nevertheless enjoy a remarkable and triumphant second act.
Edward McPherson is a writer in New York City. Buster Keaton is his first book.