This photo provided by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday shows the cover of the book, "Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life," by Peter Ackroyd. As Ackroyd relates in the book, the self-taught comic’s skills at pantomime fit nicely with silent films. Inside the man with the moustache, however, was a stew of anxieties fueled by a Dickensian childhood of poverty and neglect. (AP Photo/Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)

“Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life” (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), by Peter Ackroyd

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