Dumpty: The Age Of Trump In Verse By John Lithgow
Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse is a satirical poetry collection from award-winning actor and bestselling author John Lithgow.Chronicling the last few raucous years in American politics, Lithgow takes readers verse by verse through the history of Donald Trump''s presidency.
Lampoons the likes of Betsy DeVos, William Barr, Rudy Giuliani, and dozens more.
Illustrated from cover to cover with Lithgow''s never-before-seen line drawings.
Draws inspiration from A. A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, and even Mother Goose.
Great for fans of A Very Stable Genius by Mike Luckovich, Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don''t Matter by Scott Adams, and The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library by The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
The poems collected in Dumpty draw inspiration from A. A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Mother Goose, and many more.
A feat of laugh-out-loud lyrical storytelling, this timely volume is bound to bring joy to poetry lovers, political junkies, and Lithgow fans alike.
John Lithgow is an award-winning actor with two Tonys, six Emmys, and two Golden Globes to his name. He has also been nominated for two Oscars and four Grammys. Lithgow has starred in numerous hit TV series including 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Crown, How I Met Your Mother, and Dexter, and in beloved films like The World According to Garp, Shrek, and Terms of Endearment . He has received high praise for his star roles on Broadway and with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Lithgow is also the bestselling author of a series of children''s books and was the voice in the digital audio version of John Oliver''s A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo .
Actor John Lithgow is trying to make sense of the Trump era with poetry.
The star of Netflix’s “The Crown” is releasing a collection of President Donald Trump-themed poems in October. The title: Dumpty: The Age Of Trump In Verse.
Lithgow revealed on Wednesday’s broadcast of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that his poems were “a kind of chronicle of the last crazy two years.”
He wrote them in real time, as events unfurled.
Lithgow, who appears in Broadway show “Hillary and Clinton,” previewed one of his poems for Colbert. It centered on the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign collusion.
During his interview with Stephen Colbert on 'The Late Show,' the actor joked that his wife still hasn't recovered from seeing him as Roger Ailes in a preview of 'Bombshell,' where he looked "300 pounds heavier" and was disguised with prosthetics.
Ahead of the release of Bombshell, John Lithgow dropped by The Late Show Tuesday to chat with host Stephen Colbert about his role as disgraced former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes in the Jay Roach-directed drama. During the interview, the two also spoke about the comedy of Trump and Lithgow's satirical poetry collection inspired by the current administration.
Bombshell follows a group of women, including Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, who confronted the toxic atmosphere at Fox News and accused Ailes of sexual harassment, which eventually led to his resignation in 2016.
Lithgow joked that his wife still hasn't recovered from experiencing the "first look" at the movie, which shows Lithgow looking 300 pounds heavier with "a fat nose and earlobes." Opening up about the transformation, he said the prosthetic sessions took two and a half hours each day for the 17-day shooting period.
Lithgow stars in the film, which releases Dec. 20, opposite Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Kate McKinnon and Allison Janney.
Moving on to other projects, The Late Show host mentioned the op-ed that Lithgow wrote in The New York Times recently, titled Trump is a Bad President. He's an Even Worse Entertainer. "Why can't we look away?" he asked the actor, referring to the Trump's worldly audience. Lithgow said that Trump is doing "something" right; yet there is "no sense of irony, wit or self-awareness" in his language or behavior. The actor went on to say, "I've never seen him attempt to tell an actual joke, he mangles everything that resembles a punchline. Yet he has a mass audience ... he's doing something right," the actor concluded.
He later said, "There's one thing he has achieved in entertainment: He's turned our comics into geniuses. Political satire has never been more important."
Speaking of political satire, Colbert took an opportunity to mention Lithgow's book, a satirical poetry collection called Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse, which was published last month.
As the title suggests, the book is inspired by the Trump administration. In addition to writing the poems, Lithgow is responsible for the front cover illustration, which shows a smirking Trump in his signature suit and red tie.
Asked why this particular art form appealed to him, Lithgow told a story of when he was asked to perform at the New York Public Theater gala and sing "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" from the comic opera Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. He decided to perform the song as former U.S. National Security advisor Michael Flynn, and appeared onstage in full Flynn makeup, a navy suit and a red tie. He launched into the song, with the audience having "no idea" who he was impersonating, but then tweaked the last line of the song to include Flynn's name. When the audience realized, Lithgow slowed the tempo down and sang his own rewritten lyrics to the third verse.
Months later, he met with his literary editor and sang the song to him.
"He looked at me and said, "There's your book." The actor then turned to Colbert: "Here's my book."
#“Sure Dumpty’s a foolhardy figure of fun, but laugh at your peril there’s work to be done. Democracy’s frail but our spirit is firm, restrict Trumpty Dumpty to only one term.”
The poems are clever and amusing. The music and sound effects on the audiobook are loud and annoying.
#I've been a fan of John Lithgow since 3rd rock from the Sun and later on from his amazing performance on Dexter. Now I'm a even bigger fan for his satire and wit. Dumpty was a quick read but dives into different aspects of this chaotic White House with smart, clever writing. Just in case you're unfamiliar with who or what he is referencing in his writing, he makes sure to add references at the end each of his passages. Very fun read.
John Lithgow, The Age of Trump