Becoming Richard Pryor (★★★★★ Empire Review)

BecomingRichardPryorSquareWith umpteen prior biographies, not to mention his own tell-all memoir, what could a new biography possibly add to what we know about the iconoclastic stand-up comic, movie star and racial progressive? Amazingly, a great deal – even though the book ends in 1980, as depression, addiction and, later, multiple sclerosis took their toll. Drawing on new interviews and never-before-seen archive material, Saul approaches the maverick Pryor as one might a biography of a President, his meticulous research, startling insight and empathetic prose taking us so close to the book’s subject, it often feels like we’re reading a brilliantly-edited volume of Pryor’s diaries.

★★★★★

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