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William Goldman (1931–2018)

Author of The Princess Bride

53+ Works 33,745 Members 656 Reviews 45 Favorited

About the Author

William Goldman was born in Highland Park, Illinois on August 12, 1931. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Oberlin College and a master's degree from Columbia University. He began his writing career in 1957 and wrote his first screenplay Masquerade in 1965. During his lifetime, he show more wrote more than 20 screenplays and over 20 novels. He wrote the screenplays for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Misery, A Bridge Too Far, The Stepford Wives, and Chaplin. He adapted three screenplays from his own novels including The Princess Bride, Marathon Man, and Heat. His other novels included The Temple of Gold, No Way to Treat a Lady, Adventures in the Screen Trade, Hype and Glory, and Which Lie Did I Tell. He sometimes wrote under pseudonyms during his career including S. Morgenstern and Harry Langlaugh. He won three Lifetime Achievement Awards for Screenwriting, including the 1985 Laurel Award for Lifetime Achievement in Screenwriter. He won two Screenwriter of the Year Awards and two Academy Awards, one for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and the other for All the President's Men. He also won an English Academy Award. He died from colon cancer and pneumonia on November 16, 2018 at the age of 87. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by William Goldman

The Princess Bride (1973) 24,773 copies
The Princess Bride [1987 film] (1987) — Screenwriter — 2,017 copies
Marathon Man (1974) 1,149 copies
Adventures in the Screen Trade (1983) 1,045 copies
The Silent Gondoliers (1983) 527 copies
Magic (1976) — Author — 478 copies
Boys & Girls Together (1964) 227 copies
Brothers (1986) 227 copies
The Color of Light (1984) 193 copies
The Temple of Gold (1957) 186 copies
Misery [1990 film] (1990) — Screenwriter — 178 copies
Tinsel (1979) 143 copies
Control (1982) 141 copies
Heat (1837) 121 copies
Hype and Glory (1990) 95 copies
Marathon Man [1976 film] (1976) — Author — 87 copies
Soldier in the Rain (1961) 72 copies
The Thing of it is... (1967) 42 copies
No Way To Treat A Lady (1964) 34 copies
Father's Day (1970) 29 copies
Wigger (1974) 18 copies
Magic [1978 film] (2006) — Screenwriter — 18 copies
The Great Waldo Pepper [1974 film] (1974) — Screenwriter — 15 copies
Year of the Comet [1992 film] (1992) — Screenwriter — 3 copies
Prenses Gelin (2015) 1 copy

Associated Works

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [1969 film] (1969) — Screenwriter — 379 copies
The Right Stuff [1983 film] (1983) — Screenwriter — 310 copies
A Bridge Too Far [1977 film] (1977) — Screenwriter — 284 copies
All the President's Men [1976 film] (1976) — Screenwriter — 255 copies
Maverick [1994 film] (1994) — Screenwriter — 216 copies
Dreamcatcher [2003 film] (2003) — Screenwriter — 158 copies
Absolute Power [1997 film] (1997) — Screenwriter — 137 copies
The General's Daughter [1999 film] (1999) — Screenwriter — 99 copies
Hearts in Atlantis [2001 film] (2001) — Screenwriter — 90 copies
The Best of All Possible Worlds (1980) — Contributor — 81 copies
Chaplin [1992 film] (1993) — Screenwriter — 77 copies
The Stepford Wives [1975 film] (1975) — Screenwriter — 62 copies
Harper [1966 film] (1966) — Screenplay — 43 copies
Michael Clayton: The Shooting Script (2007) — Foreword — 19 copies
Inward Journey (1987) — Contributor — 11 copies
No Way to Treat a Lady [1968 film] (2002) — Original book — 6 copies
New World Writing 17 (1960) — Contributor — 4 copies

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Princess Bride question in Children's Fiction (February 2011)

Reviews

One of my all-time favorite books. I can read this every year and not get tired of it. If you love the movie, you'll love the book more ... they had to leave stuff out of the movie.
 
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teejayhanton | 529 other reviews | Mar 22, 2024 |
Cute story! Love the movie; the book is long but written well.
 
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ZL10 | 529 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |
I finally did a reread of this book. and, Its one of the few times that the movie is better than the book. It may be that the book and movie, while telling the same essential story, are so different in tone, even themes.

The book has a bitter, showbiz type feeling to it, it feels like a product of what a jaded screen writer would put together if he was feeling jaded about the Hollywood Scene and the falseness of the people around him.

As for the movie, it takes the sweetness of the narrator as child with his Grandfather - while leaving out the rest of the story, a now grown man unsatisfied with his life. This isn't to say the book is all bad, I suspect if I hadn't seen known about the movie, I'd have liked it more, but the themes are just too different, and the movie is so perfect, that reading the book is a huge let down for me.… (more)
 
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TheDivineOomba | 529 other reviews | Feb 24, 2024 |
I read this book for Pick-a-Shelf July 2013 (adventure).

Sometimes a bit too corny for my taste, but a nice spoof on fairytales. It's 200 pages of trope-galore! It's also very cheesy. The ironic side notes from the author can get a bit annoying and the story-in-a-story really doesn't entertain all that much.

And people, stop writing reviews about the movie. This is the book. Don't say you liked the book BECAUSE you liked the movie. That's nuts. Billy Goldman was a good screen-writer. So what. This is not the movie script.
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