David Mamet

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General Information

Name: David Mamet

Pen Name: None

Born: November 30, 1947 in Flossmoor, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Mamet was born and raised in Flossmoor.

Biographical and Professional Information

David Mamet is an American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. His works are known for their clever, terse, sometimes vulgar dialogue and arcane stylized phrasing, as well as for his exploration of masculinity. He was educated at Goddard College in Vermont where he later taught. He helped form the St. Nicholas Players Theater Company in 1974 and has written screen adaptations of several of his plays.

Mamet's first produced screenplay was the 1981 production of The Postman Always Rings Twice (directed by Bob Rafelson), based upon James M. Cain's novel. He received an Academy Award nomination one year later for his first script, The Verdict; written in the late 1970s. He also wrote the screenplay for The Untouchables.

As a playwright, he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997).

Published Works

  • Writing in Restaurants, Penguin, 1987
  • On Directing Film, Penguin, 1992
  • The Cabin: Reminiscence and Diversions, Vintage, 1992
  • The Village, Little Brown & Co., 1994
  • Make-Believe Town: Essays and Remembrances, 1996
  • Three Uses of the Knife, Vintage, 1996
  • The Old Religion, The Overlook Press, 1997
  • True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor, 1999
  • The Chinaman, Overlook Press, 1999
  • Jafsie and John Henry: Essays, Free Press, 1999
  • Wilson: A Consideration of the Sources, Overlook Press, 2001
  • South of the Northeast Kingdom, National Geographic, 2002
  • The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-hatred, and the Jews, Schocken, 2006
  • Bambi Vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business, Vintage, 2008
  • Theatre, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010
  • The Trials of Roderick Spode (The Human Ant), Sourcebooks, 2010
  • The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture, Sentinel, 2011
  • Three War Stories, Argo-Navis, 2013

== Titles for Purchase and at Your Library==

Writing in Restaurants

ISBN: 0140089810
Release Date: 1987-10-01

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On Directing Film

ISBN: 0140127224
Release Date: 1992-01-01

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The Cabin: Reminiscence and Diversions

ISBN: 0679747206
Release Date: 1993-11-30

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The Village: A Novel

ISBN: 0316543381
Release Date: 1996-04

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The Old Religion

ISBN: 1585671908
Release Date: 2002-05-01

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The Chinaman: Poems

ISBN: 0879518979
Release Date: 1999-04-01

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Jafsie and John Henry: Essays

ISBN: 0684841207
Release Date: 1999-04-19

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Wilson: A Consideration of the Sources

ISBN: 1585671894
Release Date: 2001-10-01

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The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-hatred, and the Jews (Jewish Encounters)

ISBN: 0805242074
Release Date: 2006-10-10

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ISBN: 086547947X
Release Date: 2011-04-12

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The Trials of Roderick Spode ("The Human Ant")

ISBN: 1402238304
Release Date: 2010-05-01

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The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture

ISBN: 1595230971
Release Date: 2012-08-28

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Three War Stories

ISBN: 0786755601
Release Date: 2013-11-11

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

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