Miracle on 34th Streetby Valentine Davies
A white-bearded gentleman who appears at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade fills in for an unfit Santa Claus-and is asked to become the store's resident Santa. This Kris Kringle believes he is Santa, as do children from all over the city, and reindeer at the zoo nearby. A few skeptical souls try to have him declared insane, but miraculously, the State of New York, with the help of the U. S. Postal Service, come to the gent's rescue by declaring that he is indeed Santa Claus. Since its first publication in 1947, this tale has been treasured by generations of believers, making this Academy Award-winning story part of holiday traditions all across America. This facsimile edition faithfully re-creates the first hardcover publication, inviting new families or readers to celebrate both the story and the charm of the original design. A brief historical note, new in this edition, details the simultaneous development of the book and film.
Author Biography:Valentine Davies was born on August 25, 1905, in New York City. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1927 and attended drama school at Yale University. His work as a playwright was noticed by filmmakers; the proposed film adaptation of his Broadway musical Blow Ye the Winds brought him to Hollywood in the early 1940s. After writing the story Miracle on 34th Street, Davies wrote screenplays for the films It Happens Every Spring (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1949), The Glenn Miller Story (Universal, 1954), and Strategic Air Command (Paramount, 1955). He directed and wrote The Benny Goodman Story (Universal-International, 1956). Davies won an Academy Award for his original story for the film Miracle on 34th Street, andreceived several Academy Award nominations for subsequent films. He was nominated for Best Motion Picture Story for It Happens Every Spring; for Best Story and Screenplay for The Glenn Miller Story; and for Best Short Subjects Documentary for The House Without a Name (1956), which he produced.
Davies was a member of the Writers Guild of America, which since 1962 has presented the prestigious Valentine Davies Award to the member "whose contributions to the entertainment industry and the community-at-large [bring] dignity and honor to writers everywhere. " Honorees have included Norman Lear, Ray Bradbury, and Alan Alda.
At the time of his death in July 1961, at his home in Malibu, California, Davies was president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“This charming fairy tale for children of all ages centers around an old man who thinks he is Santa Claus. It makes a lot more sense than most of us would like to admit.”—Newsweek
“Reading the funny, touching fantasy may become a Yuletide habit like watching the movie.”—Publishers Weekly
“A highly recommended family or classroom read-aloud, this should quickly claim, as the film has, its own well-deserved niche for many holiday celebrations ahead.”—Booklist (boxed review)
“A splendid story.”—The New York Times Book Review
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VALENTINE DAVIES (1905–1961) was a prominent Hollywood screenwriter. He was president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a member of the Writers Guild of America, which now presents the Valentine Davies Award as one of its highest honors.
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