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Janszoon: In the Pursuit of Love, Family, and an Enduring Legacy

Mark Kraver

By day, Humphrey Bogart reads lines for "Casablanca" with Ingrid Bergman; by night, he's drinking bourbon on the Sunset Strip with friends like Peter Lorre and Leslie Howard. Behind closed doors, life is not so glamorous. High-profile fights with his wife Mayo and a rigid studio contract enforcing a series of mediocre films make Bogart feel personally and professionally trapped... until a mysterious note arrives on set.
Heeding the strange invitation, Bogart finds himself in a series of long, secret conversations with his aunt and cousin about the swashbuckling tales of their ancestor, the pirate Jan Janszoon van Salee. These tales of the high seas ignite a fire within Bogart to carve out a path that is uniquely his own-- even if it means shedding the roles and people who made him famous.
"Janszoon" is more than a Hollywood fantasy; it's a journey into the heart of a man wrestling with ambitions and desires, an actor who yearns to balance his on-screen personas with his off-screen reality. Covering his tumultuous marriage, infamous USO tour, and his affairs with Verita Patterson and Lauren Bacall, "Janszoon" imagines the enigmatic Humphrey Bogart seeking a legacy that transcends the ephemeral glow of stardom.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bookbaby
  • Publish Date: May 2nd, 2024
  • Pages: 364
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9798350950977
  • Categories: Historical - General

About the Author

Dr. Mark Kraver is an American novelist and United States Air Force Dental Corps veteran. Since his service, he's worked as a General Dentist specializing in craniofacial pain. He now lives on the water in southwest Florida with his wife of 45+ years and a large, undisciplined garden. They also have three grown children, seven grandchildren, and several finished and unfinished historical fiction novels. Dr. Kraver grew up in Florida, where his father was a rocket scientist, and has also lived in Alabama, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.