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Don Norman's book on early Errol

14 Apr

This is an essential part of any good Flynn library, and hard to find. Abebooks has just sent me the following notice (I already have a copy); probably it will sell quick, so if you want it…

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Great news – we've found the book you're looking for.

Your Want: # A500871141
Author: Don Norman;
Title: Errol Flynn The Tasmanian Story;
ISBN: 0959414606;

The lowest and highest priced listings that match your want are displayed below.

1. ERROL FLYNN: THE TASMANIAN STORY.,
NORMAN, Don.
W. N. Hurst And E. L. Metcalf, Hobart, Tasmania, 1981 First Edition. Wraps., 1981, 9780959414608, 8vo. Colour illustrated wraps/paperback. pp 57. 33 illustrations. Biography of Errol Flynn and his upbringing in Tasmania. ISBN: 0959414606 Very good indeed.
Bookseller: Any Amount of Books ABA, LONDON (56 Charing Cross Road), .
Price: £ 50.00 (US$ 79.17)

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4:48 PM PDT
Wednesday 14 April 2010

Good luck and happy reading!

— daveboz

 
 

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  1. Anonymous

    April 14, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Gosh, if Don knew his book would sell for that much…well I think he would have kicked his heels !

     
  2. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Hi Dave;
    I hope you do not mind me asking you the following:
    I am looking for a book titled “The Young Errol Flynn before Hollywood by John Hammond Moore” and it has two different ISBN numbers.
    Do you maybe know how to get one? Just in case you have both – how do these two books differ from each other?
    Thanks – Tina

     
  3. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 6:09 am

    The two ISBNs represent the hard bound [0 207 13137 6] and soft cover [0 207 13158 9] editions.
    I have only the latter, and can not say how the two volumes differ.
    All I know is that it's pretty hard to find a copy of either!
    Good Luck!

     
  4. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I also recommend “A Tasmanian Life” as well as his superlative history books “Tasmanian Literary Landmarks,” and “Photographs of Hobart Old and New” if you can find them. None of these books are easy to find in the United States. Don’s brother, Noel Norman, published pulp westerns under the pseudonym Louis Kaye. His father was author of the critically acclaimed “Pioneer Shipping.” Storytelling was in Don Norman’s blood. He was respected as an authority on Tasmanian history but when he first self-published his book on Flynn he recounted to me the widespread scorn his fellow Tasmanians reserved especially for his boyhood friend. By all accounts, Tasmanians are now falling over their feet and even hold film festivals in honor of Errol Flynn. I think Don would have been enormously pleased by this turn-around in public opinion as he was keen on history and felt that understanding the past could only enrich our lives. The last of his books that I received from him was “Bitter Quest: A Novel of Early Colonial Days” and published in 1989 with a limited print run of 200 copies. Don contributed a great deal to my understanding of Flynn’s formative years, but he was not enthusiastic that I was writing a book about Flynn. He knew, as I was quick to learn, that writing about Errol Flynn is tantamount to suffering the thousand injuries of Fortunato. Over time we corresponded frequently and eventually ceased talking about Flynn, as is also natural, and we discussed historical matters and literary matters, and Time was a river that carried us along its current, as Don well knew, and then he was gone. If you ever encounter one of his books in a dark and dusty bookstore I strongly recommend that you purchase it, not because of its monetary value, but because it will be a good book.

     
  5. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Correction – that date should be 1995. I can't figure out how to edit a post.

     
  6. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Hi Tom;
    I sincerely hope you do not mind me asking, but you kindled my curiosity when you say “…..but he was not enthusiastic that I was writing a book about Flynn.” WHY?
    Also, is there a possibility that you could elaborate a little on your remark – “He knew, as I was quick to learn, that writing about Errol Flynn is tantamount to suffering the thousand injuries of Fortunato.”
    Why would one suffer a thousand injuries if one writes about Errol?
    You sure have my full attention and curiosity aroused!
    Best regards.

     
  7. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Hi Dave;
    In your reply are to talking about “The Young Errol Flynn before Hollywood by John Hammond Morris” or the Don Norman book.
    I would like to find the John Hammond Morris as I have the Don Norman book.
    Maybe you can give me a hint where to find it.
    Take care and Thank You!

     
  8. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    That's John Hammond “MOORE”

     
  9. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Robert;
    Thank you – it was the famous mental block of memory at a certain age! I must have thought of George Morris.
    I hope you are well – we hear so little of you. Still very busy?
    We miss you and your valued opinion! Come back soon!

     
  10. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Thanks for your interest, Tina. I've had to seriously cut back on my internet activity due to my work load. But be assured I'm always looking in and with an eye towards once again actively engaging in the fun!
    Robert

     
  11. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Don expressed to me he thought there had been enough books written about Flynn and he wasn’t fond of most. This was long after Higham’s trash was published. I don’t recall if Don lived long enough to see the hackwork David Bret published. All the same, he happily contributed a great deal and I’ve always regretted that he didn’t see the finished product. Don and another fellow named Paul M. James were curmudgeons but truly classy gentlemen all the same. As to your other question regarding the journey to far metaphor: the Emerald City looks appealing in the distance but there are ALWAYS those damned winged monkeys to deal with. Have a great weekend!

     
  12. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Hi Tom;
    Thank you so much for the explanations, which I appreciate ever so much and I love your Wizard of Oz explanation – ever so fitting!
    I would very much agree that there are always those winged monkeys who mostly do not know the tree from the forest, but are always ready to shoot of their mouth and show their ignorance.
    Best regards and til the next time – love conversing with you!

     
  13. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Best recommendation for a book: “not because of its monetary value, but because it will be a good book”.

     
  14. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Hi Kathleen;
    Good to hear from you – missed you very much!
    Do you have the book?
    I am after the book “The Young Errol Flynn before Hollywood by John Hammond Moore, but cannot find it. Any idea where to find it?
    Anyway don't be absent so long we miss you!

     
  15. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 7:31 am

    The book to which I refer—ISBNs and all—is John Hammond Moore's opus.
    Don't know where to get a copy—took me a couple of years to find one on ye merry Internet.
    Happy searching—that's half the fun!

     
  16. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Hi Tina! I found this: touchmaxx.com…
    but the price isn't listed. I don't have this book. Also found a site where you can “rent” books for three months for $11.99 but this particular book is not now available. Thanks for missing me–tax time and lambing time have kept me occupied.

     
  17. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Kathleen;
    Thank you very much, I did go to the site, but it just gets you Amazon and there is the message that it is out of print. I just will have to keep looking.
    Taxes – Ugh – I am going to start today, I never look forward to that – who does anyway – nobody!
    Take care and good luck!

     
  18. Anonymous

    August 1, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Hi,
    Reading your blog just now, I am about to list for sale the VERY RARE book . “The Young Errol: Flynn before Hollywood” you are after. It is in excellent condition, read only once.
    I also have “The Big Love” written by Bev's mother published in 1986.
    Would you perhaps be interested in both of them before it goes on sale worldwide?
    Thanks,
    Jan
    Spain

     
  19. Anonymous

    August 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Hi, I am just about to list for sale the RARE book: The Young Errol, Flynn before Hollywood, by John Hammond Moore and it is in excellent condition. Apparently a few persons all over the world are after this hard to find book on the early days of Errol.
    Any interest?
    Thanks,
    Jan
    Spain

     
  20. Anonymous

    August 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Jan;
    I am looking for this book a long time and cannot find it. I am very interested, please let me know how I can purchase it from you as long the price is not over the hill!
    Best regards,
    Tina

     
  21. Anonymous

    August 1, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Jan;
    I am looking for this book a long time and cannot find it. I am very interested, please let me know how I can purchase it from you as long the price is not over the hill!
    Best regards,
    Tina

     
  22. Anonymous

    August 2, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Hi Tina,
    You can get in touch with me asap as today I am listing this book worldwide, once it is listed and the word gets out, I guess it will go within one hour, it becomes rarer each and every day. I can discuss the price with you privately if you don't mind. I will be very happy if this book goes to another ardent Flynn fan. I also have a variety of privately owned clothing, cufflinks etc from this famous star, slowly I am selling off these things and all with CoA of course to proof they are genuine.
    Please contact me on: vandervliet@vnet.es… or alternatively on: vandervlietvnet@gmail.com… it should get to me on at least one of these private e-mail addresses.
    Thanks,
    Jan
    Spain

     
 
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