Beth Gutcheon may have "gone Hollywood" when Still Missing, her 1981 novel about an abducted boy, was adapted into the feature film Without a Trace (Gutcheon penned the screenplay) -- but she hasn't forgotten her roots as a novelist, as evidenced by the acclaimed More than You Know and Leeway Cottage.
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New York, NY
Date of Birth:
March 18, 1945
Place of Birth:
B.A., Harvard University
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|A Hollywood Hit|
Beth Richardson Gutcheon
Gutcheon's heartrending novel about a missing boy was tapped by Hollywood heavyweight Stanley Jaffe (The Bad News Bears, Kramer vs. Kramer) for adaptation into the feature film Without a Trace starring Kate Mulligan and Judd Hirsch, with Gutcheon writing the screenplay.
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Gutcheon names Willa Cather's classic My Ántonia as a favorite book in our interview. "[Cather] proves over and over that you can tell a moving story without milking it, that you can make art without using fancy materials or five dollar words, and that stories worth deeply knowing are all around you," she reflects.
|Transit of Venus|
Shirley Hazzard's Transit of Venus also made Gutcheon's list of favorite books. "It’s like a beautifully cut diamond, brilliant, multifaceted, incredibly disciplined, and so moving," she explains. Read our interview to learn about more of Gutcheon's reading recommendations, including:
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