William Goldman


Born
in Highland Park, Illinois, The United States
August 12, 1931

Died
November 16, 2018

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Irwin Shaw, Ingmar Bergman, Ross Macdonald, Ira Levin, Stephen King


Goldman grew up in a Jewish family in Highland Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, and obtained a BA degree at Oberlin College in 1952 and an MA degree at Columbia University in 1956.His brother was the late James Goldman, author and playwright.

William Goldman had published five novels and had three plays produced on Broadway before he began to write screenplays. Several of his novels he later used as the foundation for his screenplays.

In the 1980s he wrote a series of memoirs looking at his professional life on Broadway and in Hollywood (in one of these he famously remarked that "Nobody knows anything"). He then returned to writing novels. He then adapted his novel The Princess Bride to the screen, which marked his re-entry into screenw
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“Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
William Goldman, William Goldman: Four Screenplays

“When I was your age, television was called books.”
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“Life isn't fair, it's just fairer than death, that's all.”
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Polls

July 2015 New School Group Read

1973, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, 398 pages
 
  11 votes, 28.2%

 
  11 votes, 28.2%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  4 votes, 10.3%

1988, Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, 623 pages
 
  4 votes, 10.3%

 
  3 votes, 7.7%

1960, The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, 242 pages
 
  2 votes, 5.1%

1948, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, 343 pages
 
  2 votes, 5.1%

1941, Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain, 288 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.6%

 
  1 vote, 2.6%

1981, Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, 647 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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