He was a tough-guy Welshman softened by the affections of a breathtakingly beautiful woman. She was a modern-day Cleopatra madly in love with her own Mark Antony. For nearly a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were Hollywood royalty, and their fiery romanceoften called "the marriage of the century"was the most notorious, publicized, and celebrated love affair of its day.
Shocking and unsparing in its honesty, Furious Love explores the very public marriage of "Liz and Dick" as well as the private struggles of Elizabeth and Richard. But it is much more than a celebrity biography; it's an honest yet sympathetic portrait of a man, a woman, and a passion that shocked and mesmerized the world.
About the Author
Sam Kashner, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, is the author of three books of nonfiction and one novel, Sinatraland.
Among other honors, Nancy Schoenberger has been awarded an NEA and two state artist grants. Her volume, "Girl on a White Porch", won the 1987 Devins Award for Poetry. She teaches creative and nonfiction writing at William & Mary in Virginia and edits the transatlantic poetry journal Verse. With her husband Sam Kashner, she coauthored "A Talent for Genius, the Life and Times of Oscar Levant" (which inspired an episode of A & E's "Biography") and "Hollywood Kryptonite, The Bulldog, The Lady, and the Death of Superman".
“Long before there was Brangelina, the high-wire romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton rocked the world. In Furious Love, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger provide dramatic historical insights into Hollywood’s stormiest, up-and-down relationship. Every page is riveting. A hit book for sure!”
“Exciting and well-written, fast-paced yet containing a wealth of information, Furious Love is a fine read.”
-Patricia Bosworth, author of Marlon Brando: A Biography
“[An] entertaining, blow-by-blow account of the life and times of an epic Hollywood couple... There is no shortage of saucy anecdotes in Furious Love...”
-Wall Street Journal
“[An] unfailingly respectful and journalistically honest chronicle. . . . Where this book breaks ground is in its ability to humanize these colossal celebs. . . . Reads like a Shakespearean drama.”
“I fell for Furious Love, hook, line and sinker... Ultimately Furious Love is utterly persuasive on the ineffable force of ‘the most notorious, publicized, celebrated, and vilified love affair of its day,’ offering a powerful portrait of the ecstasies and travails of overreaching passion and crippled psyches...”
“[A] five-alarm blaze of a biography that enthralls like an Olympian epic. . . . The authors make an excellent case that each deepened the other’s craft. . . . A vivid portrait of this...two-career marriage on steroids.”
“An indulgent, plenty-of-fun book...the authors make shrewd observations...juicy…a good beach book.”
-New York Times Book Review
“[Furious Love] is fascinating, heartbreaking, and romantic.”