Genesis of an American Playwright

Genesis of an American Playwright

by Horton Foote
     
 

ISBN-10: 0918954916

ISBN-13: 9780918954916

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Baylor University Press

In Genesis of an American Playwright. Horton Foote, one of the greatest American playwrights of the twentieth century, reflects upon his journey from his childhood in Wharton, Texas, through his early experiences as an actor in the theatre, to his mature vocation as a playwright. All along the way. Foote carefully identifies the people and influences that shaped his

Overview

In Genesis of an American Playwright. Horton Foote, one of the greatest American playwrights of the twentieth century, reflects upon his journey from his childhood in Wharton, Texas, through his early experiences as an actor in the theatre, to his mature vocation as a playwright. All along the way. Foote carefully identifies the people and influences that shaped his character and nurtured his art. What is remarkable about this book is equally remarkable about his drama: he writes with an effortlessness that belies the intimacy of the art emanating from deep within. The stories are simply told, but complex in their resonance. Foote not only reveals his immediate professional world, but he also provides a running commentary on the changes in American culture. This book makes for as fascinating reading as it does compelling history.

On December 20, 2000, President Bill Clinton conferred the National Medal of Arts on Texas dramatist, Horton Foote, and noted that Foote's six-decade-long, award-winning career established him as the nation's most prolific writer for stage, film, and television. Foote's many awards include two Academy Awards, an Emmy, a Burkey Award, the Screen Laurel Award from the Writers Guild of America, the Lucille Lortel Award, and his induction into both the Theatre Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In addition to To Kill A Mockingbird and The Trip To Bountiful, Foote has written a score of notable plays, teleplays, and films. Without question, Horton Foote has enriched American literature with his unique writing style and his truthful examinations of the human condition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780918954916
Publisher:
Baylor University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
287
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1140L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Chronologyxi
Introduction1
1Genesis of a Playwright17
Seeing and Imagining17
Pasadena and Beyond33
Learning to Write46
2On Being a Southern Writer61
Wharton, Then and Now61
What It Means to be a Southern Writer66
The Trip to Paradise75
The Artist as Mythmaker79
Things Have Ends and Beginnings86
3Writing for the Stage97
Dance and Broadway97
Harrison, USA100
Sometimes the One-Act Play Says It All102
Advice to Young Playwrights104
Herbert Berghof113
The Orphans' Home Cycle Lecture115
How To and How Not To136
Introduction to The Young Man from Atlanta152
4Writing for the Screen155
The Little Box155
On First Dramatizing Faulkner157
The McDermott Lecture169
Writing for Film180
Willa Cather195
5Thoughts on the American Theater203
The New York Theater (1930-1940)203
The Changing of the Guard215
The Vanishing World and Renewals229
AppendixCast Lists and Production Information235
Bibliography of Published and Produced Works (1939-2003)263
Works Cited269
Index273

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