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 is a founding member of 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. As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997). He wrote the screenplays for such films as The Verdict, The Untouchables and Wag the Dog, and has twice been nominated for an Academy Award. He has written and directed ten films, including Homicide, The Spanish Prisoner, State and Main, House of Games, Spartan and Redbelt.

His numerous plays include Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award), American Buffalo, Speed-the-Plow, Boston Marriage, November, Race and The Anarchist. As a playwright, he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988).

His HBO film Phil Spector, starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, aired in 2013 and earned him two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing. He was co-creator and executive producer of the CBS television show The Unit.

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
  • Chicago, Custom House, 2018

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact:

William Morris Agency

151 El Camino Drive

Beverly Hills, California 90212


External Links

David Mamet on WorldCat


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