Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All-Story

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The literary journal Zoetrope, founded in 1997 by film director Francis Ford Coppola, proved an instant and spectacular success with readers and critics nationwide. That its mission, to seek out and publish only the brightest, most original writing that intersects film and fiction, has worked triumphantly is attested to by the numerous awards it has garnered in only two years, from such publications as Bestt American Short Stories, The O. Henry Award Prize Stories, Best New Stories from the South, and many more. ...

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Overview

The literary journal Zoetrope, founded in 1997 by film director Francis Ford Coppola, proved an instant and spectacular success with readers and critics nationwide. That its mission, to seek out and publish only the brightest, most original writing that intersects film and fiction, has worked triumphantly is attested to by the numerous awards it has garnered in only two years, from such publications as Bestt American Short Stories, The O. Henry Award Prize Stories, Best New Stories from the South, and many more. And Zoetrope is equally known for having discovered new writers who have rocketed to fame, including Melissa Bank and Sarah Powers. Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All-Story presents some of the best writing to have appeared in the magazine to date, including work by Amy Bloom, Peter Lefcourt, Philip Gourevitch, Lucia Nevai, Melissa Bank, and Tim Gautreaux, among others. In addition, original essays and fiction never before published appear here, including work by John Nichols, Salman Rushdie, and Robert Olen Butler. The result is an exciting and vital collection, a must-have for readers of today's best writing and for fans of today's best films.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope has had a tremendous impact on the nearly anonymous short-story format."-The New York Times
"Zoetrope, dedicated exclusively to the short story-from which Melissa Bank, among others, was launched-has affirmed the new glamour of short fiction."-The New York Observer
“Since its inception, the buzz around Zoetrope has been continuous and loud . . . the magazine has received extensive media coverage and has achieved one of the highest circulations of any literary journal in the country."-Poets & Writers
From the Publisher
“Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope has had a tremendous impact on the nearly anonymous short-story format."-The New York Times
"Zoetrope, dedicated exclusively to the short story-from which Melissa Bank, among others, was launched-has affirmed the new glamour of short fiction."-The New York Observer
“Since its inception, the buzz around Zoetrope has been continuous and loud . . . the magazine has received extensive media coverage and has achieved one of the highest circulations of any literary journal in the country."-Poets & Writers
New York Times Book Review
Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope has had a tremendous impact on the nearly anonymous short-story format.
New York Observer
Zoetrope, dedicated exclusively to the short story-from which Melissa Bank, among others, was launched-has affirmed the new glamour of short fiction
Poets & Writers
Since its inception, the buzz around Zoetrope has been continuous and loud...the magazine has received extensive media coverage and has achieved one of the highest circulations of any literary journal in the country.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Film director Coppola founded Zoetrope: All Story in 1997 to cultivate literary works, short stories in particular, as a resource for developing screenplays. This compilation contains an engaging diversity of writing by authors both celebrated (David Mamet, Salman Rushdie) and little known. Here are great opening lines--"Perhaps my fate was sealed when I sold my three-year-old sister" (Robert Olen Butler, "Fair Warning"); "Help me" (Amy Bloom, "The Gates Are Closing")--and a few great stories. Peter Lefcourt excels with a tale of a serial killer who murders bad writers. In Melissa Banks's rebuttal to "The Rules" ("The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing"; before it was a chunk of Bank's successful first book, it appeared in Zoetrope) a woman named Jane meets Mr. Right at a friend's wedding. Not trusting her luck with men, she decides to adhere to this "guide to manipulation." The results are clever. Other pieces, however, were obviously written for the camera--making for thin literature. The book's most successful story is "Fair Warning"; concerning an art auctioneer forced to evaluate her own worth when she must sell a date with herself at a charity fund-raiser, it's an interior, reflective tale that would be difficult to translate into film. "Like movies, [short] stories are to be consumed in one sitting," Coppola writes in his introduction. "The good ones transport you, the great ones change you, and the bad ones--well, at least they are short." Collected here are, mostly, the kind that transport or transform. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
The literary journal Zoetrope was founded by Francis Ford Coppola to cultivate good writing because, in Coppola's words, "You never know perhaps the contact with the work or with the author will eventually lead" to a great movie. The writers represented in this collection from Zoetrope's pages include beginners and masters, e.g., John Nichols, Salman Rushdie, David Mamet, Peter Lefcourt, Robert Olen Butler, Amy Bloom, and Melissa Bank. The short stories are compelling; the characters are complex and real, and the plots focus on telling moments in people's lives. Several stories contain O. Henry-type plot twists. For instance, Sara Powers's "The Baker's Wife" revolves around a game of lying, examining how lies damage relationships and bring out the worst in people--or the best. Coppola's introduction, the nonfiction essays by Rushdie and Mamet, and fiction like Powers's provide glimpses into how a story becomes a film. This eclectic collection is perfect for summer reading. Recommended for all public and academic libraries.--Shana C. Fair, Ohio Univ., Zanesville Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156011105
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/15/2000
  • Series: Harvest Original Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis Ford Coppola is a filmmaker who has won five Academy Awards, three of which were for screenwriting, and lists among his credits such noteworthy films as The Godfather and its sequels, The Conversation, Apocolypse Now, Rumblefish, and Bram Stoker's Dracula. He was the publisher of San Francisco's weekly City magazine in the 1970s, and launched Zoetrope: All-Story with Adrienne Brodeur in 1997. He lives at the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery in Napa Valley with his wife Eleanor.

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