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Horton Foote: America's Storyteller
(Applause Books). From his film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, which received an Oscar, his drama The Trip to Bountiful, and his screenplay of Tender Mercies to his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Young Man from Atlanta, and his complete nine-play opus, The Orphans' Home Cycle, Foote's work has touched millions. He has long been regarded by other playwrights and scr ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Applause Theatre & Cinema Book Publishers
(first published 2009)
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Don't be fooled by my mid-range rating. It is an excellent story that engages most of the time. I just wished it included a few more bibliographic elements to support the reader, such as a timeline and a family tree to illustrate the ancestry described at the beginning of the book. I also would have liked a little more insight into the reasons for the changing values of film-making that impacted Foote's success after he won the Oscar for "To Kill A Mockingbird." All in all, this is a touching an ...more
Horton Foote isn't as well known to the general public as some of America's other fine playwrights, auch as Arthur Miller or , Tennessee Williams, but Foote's plays depict the small town lives and heartbreaks familiar to many. This biography shows the strength, talent and understanding of a master playwright. Currently off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre Company is Foote's The Orphans' Home Cycle. A wonderful theatrical experience.
WILBORN HAMPTON is the author of four books of nonfiction and one biography for Young Adults. In four decades as a reporter and editor for United Press International and The New York Times he helped cover some of the major news stories of the time. Now a full-time writer, he lives in New York.More about Wilborn Hampton...