David Mamet


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in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
November 30, 1947

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David Alan Mamet is an American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. His works are known for their clever, terse, sometimes vulgar dialogue and arcane stylized phrasing, as well as for his exploration of masculinity.

As a playwright, he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997).

Mamet's recent books include The Old Religion (1997), a novel about the lynching of Leo Frank; Five Cities of Refuge: Weekly Reflections on Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (2004), a Torah commentary, with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner; The Wicked Son (2006), a study of Jewish self-hatred and anti
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Average rating: 3.84 · 76,408 ratings · 4,164 reviews · 143 distinct worksSimilar authors
Glengarry Glen Ross

3.88 avg rating — 16,352 ratings — published 1983 — 31 editions
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Oleanna

3.60 avg rating — 8,574 ratings — published 1993 — 20 editions
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American Buffalo

3.75 avg rating — 4,524 ratings — published 1975 — 19 editions
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On Directing Film

3.85 avg rating — 2,996 ratings — published 1991 — 14 editions
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True and False: Heresy and ...

3.93 avg rating — 2,206 ratings — published 1997 — 12 editions
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Sexual Perversity in Chicag...

3.65 avg rating — 2,226 ratings — published 1977 — 7 editions
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Speed-the-Plow

3.63 avg rating — 1,685 ratings — published 1988 — 12 editions
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Three Uses of the Knife: On...

3.89 avg rating — 1,481 ratings — published 1991 — 15 editions
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The Secret Knowledge: On th...

3.88 avg rating — 1,321 ratings — published 2011 — 11 editions
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Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the ...

3.50 avg rating — 1,075 ratings — published 2007 — 11 editions
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“Always tell the truth. It's the easiest thing to remember.”
David Mamet

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”
David Mamet, Boston Marriage

“It's only words... unless they're true.”
David Mamet



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