Showmen: The Outsider

"I'm not a commercial person," said Brian Epstein. "I'm a frustrated actor."

He was, in fact, a spectacular commercial success. As discoverer-manager of the Beatles, he personally earned $14 million in five years. Yet he was right about his life; it was the ache of being a failed actor and an outsider among the Beatles that most pained Epstein.

One morning last week his body was found in bed by his valet in his town house around the corner from Buckingham Palace. He was 32. Police uncovered "no suspicious circumstances," but no natural causes either. He had been ill with mononucleosis,...

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