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William Goldman

William Goldman (born August 12, 1931 in Highland Park, Illinois, near Chicago)
American novelist, screenwriter, and co-playwright.

He was born in Highland Park, Illinois and obtained a BA degree at Oberlin College, 1952 and an MA degree at Columbia University, 1956. He published five novels, and had had three plays produced on Broadway before going to Hollywood to write screenplays, including several based on his novels. In the 1980s he wrote a series of memoires looking at his professional life on Broadway and in Hollywood (in one of these he remarked that in Hollywood "Nobody knows anything"), and wrote an number of novels. Adapting his novel The Princess Bride to the screen marked his reentrance into screenwriting. He is often called in as an uncredited script doctor on troubled projects.

Simon Morgenstern is a pseudonym, a narrative device invented by him to add another layer to his work, The Princess Bride. Goldman claims S. Morgenstern is the original Florinese author of The Princess Bride while he credits himself as the abridger who's bringing the classic to an American audience. Goldman has also written The Silent Gondoliers under Morgenstern's name.

He has won two Academy Awards. He married Ilene Jones: they were divorced in 1991

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Non-Fiction & Memoires

Children's books

  • Wigger (1974)


  • New World Writing Number 17 (1960)
  • A collection of stories, poems and articles by several authors, with an 11-page story entitled "Da Vinci" by Goldman
  • The Craft of the Screenwriter by John Brady (1981)
  • Includes a profile on Goldman and a lengthy interview about his craft
  • The Movie Business Book by James E. Squire (Editor) (1992)
  • Includes an As Told By William Goldman piece
  • Writers on Directors by Susan Gray (1999)
  • Goldman has a piece on Rob Reiner in this book, and another on Norman Jewison
  • The First Time I Got Paid For It: Writers' Tales From the Hollywood Trenches (2000)
  • Introduction by Goldman

See also S. Morgenstern.

Check http://smorgenstern.com for more on William Goldman.

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