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Charlie Chaplin's only novel to be released

Published on Feb 5, 2014 12:12 AM

ROME (AFP) - A virtually unknown novel by Charlie Chaplin - the only book the silent film comic ever wrote - is being made public for the first time.

"Footlights", which will be unveiled in London on Tuesday, was written by Chaplin in 1948 and later transformed into his film "Limelight", in which a washed-out clown saves a dancer from suicide.

The book is being published in English by the Cineteca di Bologna, an Italian film restoration institute which has been working with Chaplin biographer David Robinson on reconstructing drafts found in the Chaplin archives.

Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in London in 1889 to poor parents, who struggled to make a living as music hall entertainers. As an adolescent, he began working in music halls in Soho, before eventually becoming an actor with a theatre troupe.

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