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Honoring Charles Spencer Chaplin (1889–1977): A Centennial Review of Literature

Evelyn S. Meyer (Head, reference department at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Article publication date: 1 January 1990



The silhouette of the little fellow with baggy trousers, decrepit oversize shoes, undersize derby, frayed short cutaway, sporting a bamboo cane and jet black mustache is recognized worldwide. Charlie Chaplin's slight 5′ 4″ stature complemented that costume, his symbol for a lifetime. Hunched shoulders, sorrowful face, and frightened air made Charlie look all the more vulnerable. As early as 1916, the reputable English magazine Tatler commented, “The lineaments of Mr. Chaplin are known to the uttermost ends of the earth and his face may be described as one upon which the sun never sets.”


Meyer, E.S. (1990), "Honoring Charles Spencer Chaplin (1889–1977): A Centennial Review of Literature", Reference Services Review, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 63-71.




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