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Genesis of an American Playwright

By Horton Foote Edited by Marion Castleberry

Genesis of an American Playwright
Hardback, 287 pages $49.95
Published: 1st January 2004
ISBN: 9780918954916


Paperback, 312 pages $39.95
Published: 1st November 2010
ISBN: 9781602583351
Format: 9in x 6in


Subjects: All Literature

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 and 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. Without question, Horton Foote has enriched American literature with his unique writing style and his truthful examinations of the human condition. Besides To Kill A Mockingbird and The Trip To Bountiful, Foote has written a score of notable plays, teleplays, and films.

Acknowledgments


Chronology




Introduction





Chapter 1: Genesis of a Playwright





Seeing and Imagining


Pasadena and Beyond


Learning to Write





Chapter 2: On Being a Southern Writer





Wharton, Then and Now


What It Means to be a Southern Writer


The Trip to Paradise


The Artist as Mythmaker


Things Have Ends and Beginnings





Chapter 3: Writing for the Stage





Dance and Broadway (1944)


Harrison, USA


Sometimes the One-Act Play Says It All


Advice to Young Playwrights


Herbert Berghof


The Orphans’ Home Cycle Lecture


How To and How Not To: Some Lessons Learned along the Way


Introduction to The Young Man from Atlanta





Chapter 4: Writing for the Screen





The Little Box


On First Dramatizing Faulkner


The McDermott Lecture


Writing for Film


Willa Cather





Chapter 5: Thoughts on the American Theatre





The New York Theatre (1930—1940)


The Changing of the Guard


The Vanishing World and Renewals





Appendix: Cast Lists and Production Information



Bibliography of Published and Produced Works (1939—2003)


Notes


Index


Foote's multitudinous plays and film scripts exhibit a voice and vision contrasting noticeably with the prevailing zeitgeist, so readers should not be surprised that his essays and lectures are equally distinctive.... Recommended.

—CHOICE

Here, in all its astonishing range and depth, in his own words and over years and years and years, is the life and work of one of America's greatest writers. Read it with love and awe.

—Romulus Linney

A book of generosity and honesty that every aspiring writer should read.

—Jean Stapleton

Genesis is indispensable to anyone interested in the American theatre.

—Reynolds Price

MARION CASTLEBERRY, an accomplished director and actor, is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Theatre Studies at Baylor University. He is the author of many academic and professional articles on Horton Foote.


Genesis of an American Playwright
Genesis of an American Playwright - Paperback cover



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Hardback , 287 pages
ISBN:
 9780918954916

Binding:
 Paperback , 312 pages
ISBN:
 9781602583351
Format:
 9in x 6in

BISAC Code:
  BIO005000, PER000000, PER011030
Imprint:
 Baylor University Press



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