Steve Martin / edited by Robert E. Kapsis.

"Conversations with Steve Martin presents a collection of interviews and profiles that focus on Martin as a writer, artist, and original thinker over the course of more than four decades in show business. While those less familiar with his gull body of work may think of Martin as primarily the...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Martin, Steve, 1945-
Other Authors: Kapsis, Robert E., (Editor)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2014.
Series:Literary conversations series.
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