William Goldman - Author

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William Goldman has been writing books and movies for over forty-five years. He has won two Academy Awards (for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid  and All the President’s Men) and three Lifetime Achievement awards in screenwriting. Which Lie Did I Tell  is his guide to the nuts and bolts of film making. His novels The Princess Bride, published in a new edition in August 2008, and Marathon Man are also published by Bloomsbury. He lives in New York City.

 

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Passing the Torch Supporting Tomorrow's Leaders

Passing the Torch Supporting Tomorrow's Leaders

Author: William Goldman, Ruth Goldman, Chris Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/06/2018

The authors describe the creation and evolution of the New Leader Scholarship Program that seeks committed scholars from marginalized groups who attend Bay Area public universities. These future leaders come from a wide range of disenfranchised groups and are individuals seeking social justice who are strong, risk tolerant, resilient yet need help.

Novels of William Goldman

Novels of William Goldman

Author: William Goldman Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2017

Three novels from a multiple Academy Award winner and the New York Timesbestselling author of The Princess Bride. In Boys and Girls Together, author William Goldman offers a beautiful tale of early adulthood inspired by his own experiences. Five friendsall young, creative, ambitious, and troubledmake their way to New York City to pursue their dreams. Together they struggle, fight, love, make art, and face the hard truths of life. In Marathon Manthe New York Timesbestselling thriller Goldman adapted into the classic film starring Dustin Hoffman and Sir Laurence OlivierColumbia University student and aspiring marathon runner Thomas ';Babe' Levy is trying to clear his late father's name after accusations of Communist affiliation. But soon Thomas finds himself embroiled in a Nazi conspiracyand running for his life. In Goldman's debut novel, The Temple of Gold, Raymond Euripides Trevitt comes of age in midwestern, mid-twentieth-century America. He is virtually alone in Athens, Illinois, until a boy named Zock moves in next door. Through adolescence, double dating, and first loves, they grow up side-by-side. But as their paths diverge, a tragic accident leaves Ray alone once again, and he must learn to find hope in the depths of despair.

Temple of Gold

Temple of Gold

Author: William Goldman Format: eBook Release Date: 08/01/2013

William Goldman's stunning debut novel about a young boy, adrift and alone, coming of age in a cruel worldRaymond Euripides Trevitt is not yet ten when he resolves to make his own way in life. When a new boy, Zock, moves in next door, he knows he has finally met his partner in life's great adventures. As they come of age in midwestern, midcentury America, Ray and Zock become the best of friendseven though they're opposites in many ways. Ray takes Zock hiking; Zock teaches Ray about poetry. Together, they run away to Chicago, hide out in movie theaters, and watch Gunga Din over and over. They navigate high school together: double dating, learning about first love, getting into college. But during a summer visit home, a tragic accident leaves Ray racked with guilt and self-loathing. Broken and lost, Ray is left to find his way through life one blunder at a time, never giving up hope or relinquishing his quest for atonement. This ebook features a biography of William Goldman.

Marathon Man

Marathon Man

Author: William Goldman Format: eBook Release Date: 08/01/2013

The thriller that inspired the classic movie: Caught in an international conspiracy, a man's only choice is to runRosenbaum is stuck in traffic on the Upper East Side when the heat gets the better of him. A Volkswagen has stalled out in the middle of 87th Street, and even when its elderly German driver gets it going, Rosenbaum cannot contain his rage. With one shocking act, he initiates a chain of events that spell doom for Babe Levy.A PhD candidate and aspiring marathon runner, Babe is driven by shame over his father's suicide. Smart, fit, but incredibly awkward, he can't get a date and he's got a nagging toothache. But his troubles are about to get a whole lot worse. Though he doesn't know it, Levy is on a collision course with one of the most fearsome villains of the Second World War, running a race that only one of them will survive. This ebook features a biography of William Goldman.

Boys and Girls Together

Boys and Girls Together

Author: William Goldman Format: eBook Release Date: 08/01/2013

In New York, five young people sacrifice everything for a life in the theaterAaron, Walt, Rudy, Jenny, and Brancha writer, a director, two actors, and one iron-willed producer. They grew up as creative, ambitious loners, and they all believe that their destiny lies in New York City. For these five, art is a calling to which they will sacrifice everything they have. They are determined to realize their potential even if it means destroying their friendsor themselves.More than a coming-of-age story or a portrait of Manhattan's theater scene in the 1960s, Boys and Girls Together is a white-hot novel of the pains and joys of youthful creativity. A sensation when first published, William Goldman's dramatic tale remains a masterwork. The sixties may be over, but the agonies of youth will never change.This ebook features a biography of William Goldman.

Adventures in the Screen Trade

Adventures in the Screen Trade

Author: William Goldman Format: eBook Release Date: 05/06/2012

Now available as an ebook for the first time!No one knows the writer's Hollywood more intimately than William Goldman. Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the bestselling author of Marathon Man, Tinsel, Boys and Girls Together, and other novels, Goldman now takes you into Hollywood's inner sanctums...on and behind the scenes for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, and other films...into the plush offices of Hollywood producers...into the working lives of acting greats such as Redford, Olivier, Newman, and Hoffman...and into his own professional experiences and creative thought processes in the crafting of screenplays. You get a firsthand look at why and how films get made and what elements make a good screenplay. Says columnist Liz Smith, "e;You'll be fascinated.

Marathon Man

Marathon Man

Author: William Goldman Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2005

'Babe hobbled to his feet. His ankle hurt like hell and his face had scraped along the pavement, but he knew the sound of a beaten runner when he heard it. I'm a marathon man, he thought, a real one, and you better not mess with me. Then Jesus, Babe thought suddenly - they're coming for me in the car.' Tom 'Babe' Levy is a runner in every sense: racing tirelessly toward his goals of athletic and academic excellence - and endlessly away from the spectre of his famous father's scandal-driven suicide. But an unexpected visit from his beloved older brother sets in motion a chain of events that plunges Babe into a vortex of treachery and murder. Stumbling into the violent world of couriers and assassins, espionage and torture, the boy who dreamed of winning races suddenly becomes a man forced to race for his life ...and for the answer to the fateful question, 'Is it safe?'

Which Lie Did I Tell?

Which Lie Did I Tell?

Author: William Goldman Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/05/2001

Following the bestselling Adventures in the Screen Trade Goldman has even more secrets to tell. He shares behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the sets of such movies as The Princess Bride , Misery and Maverick , and fills us in on what it's like to work with Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Clint Eastwood, amongst many other Hollywood players. He tells us what does and doesn't work on film and why, and conducts a virtual writer's clinic on classic moments in great screenplays: among them the crop-dusting scene in North by Northwest and the zipper scene in There's Something About Mary . Finally, Goldman brings together some of today's top screenwriters to analyse and doctor a screenplay he created specifically for this book. Which Lie Did I Tell? is the definitve guide for any inspiring screenwriter in revealing the nuts and bolts behind the glitzy facade of contemporary Hollywood film.

The Silent Gondoliers A Fable

The Silent Gondoliers A Fable

Author: William Goldman Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2001

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

Author: William Goldman Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/10/1999

Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts - who never leaves survivors - her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairytale like no other, of fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion and miracles.

Five Screenplays With Essays

Five Screenplays With Essays

Author: William Goldman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/1998

This is a collection of Goldman''s powerful and intelligent work. Five Screenplays features: All the President''s Men, Harper, The Great Waldo Pepper, Magic, and Maverick.'

William Goldman Four Screenplays

William Goldman Four Screenplays

Author: William Goldman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/1996

(Applause Books). Marathon Man, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Princess Bride, Misery . Author royalties donated to the Motion Picture and Television Fund.

Adventures In The Screen Trade A Personal View of Hollywood

Adventures In The Screen Trade A Personal View of Hollywood

Author: William Goldman Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/1996

As befits more than twenty years in Hollywood, Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman's sparkling memoir is as entertaining as many of the films he has helped to create. From the writer of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men and Marathon Man, Adventures in the Screen Trade is an intimate view of movie-making, of acting greats such as Redford, Olivier, Newman and Hoffman, and of the trials and rewards of working inside the most exciting business in the world.

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