His name may be most familiar from award-winning screenplays such as All the President's Men, but William Goldman had a previous life as an original, enthralling novelist who is worth exploring both for his books that would become great movies (The Princess Bride, Marathon Man) and for the ones that didn't.
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Also Known As:
Harry Longbaugh (No Way to Treat a Lady) and S. Morgenstern (The Princess Bride and The Silent Gondoliers)
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
August 12, 1931
Place of Birth:
B.A., Oberlin College, 1952; M.A., Columbia University, 1956
Academy Awards for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1970; and for All the President's Men, 1977
|Goldman's Second Act|
|Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade|
It's rare to become successful in Hollywood as a screenwriter; even rarer when you've already done well as a novelist. Goldman managed to pull off this coup and hasn't minded writing about it in several informative, juicy titles about the film industry.
|William Goldman: Five Screenplays with Essays|
"A screenplay is a piece of carpentry, and except in the case of Ingmar Bergman, it's not an art, it's a craft," Goldman said in 1981. Those interested in the craft shouldn't fail to pick up some of Goldman's finest examples of it.