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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  William Goldman  

Pen Name: S. Morganstern

Genre: Fiction History Mystery Other Romance

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1931 Chicago, Illinois

-- William Goldman on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

The author grew up in Highland Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

William Goldman has been writing books and movies for more than forty 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.

Published Works

  • Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting, Grand Central Publishing, 1989
  • The Princess Bride, Harcourt, 2007
  • Absolute Power: The Screenplay, Applause Books, 2000
  • Marathon Man, Ballantine, 2001
  • Which Lie Did I Tell: More Adventures in the Screen Trade, Vintage, 2001
  • Magic, Dell, 1978
  • Boy's and Girls Together, Ballantine, 2001
  • William Goldman: Four Screenplays, Applause Books, 2000
  • The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway, Limelight Editions, 2004
  • The Temple of Gold, Ballantine, 2001

Selected Titles At Your Library

Adventures in the screen trade :
ISBN: 0446391174. OCLC Number:

Warner Books,. New York :. 1984, ©1983.

William Goldman, screenwriter of such films as "All the President's Men," "The Right Stuff," and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," discusses his experiences in Hollywood, and his craft.

The princess bride: S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventure.
ISBN: 0156035219. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. New York,. [1973]

"A Del Rey book." The most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince in the world.

Absolute power :
ISBN: 1557832757. OCLC Number:

Applause Books,. New York :. ©1997.

"When a routine burglary in an elegant, upscale Virginia mansion goes awry, career thief Luther Whitney finds himself witness to a brutal murder involving none other than Alan Richmond, the youthful, charming and thoroughly corrupt President of the United States. Torn between fear for his life and devotion to his family and country, Luther must make a decision that will change not only his own destiny, but the destiny of the world as we know it. Based on the best-selling thriller by David Baldacci, William Goldman's screenplay captures the paranoia, greed, and corruption of politics through the ages and around the world."--BOOK JACKET.

Magic /
ISBN: 0440151414. OCLC Number:

Dell Pub. Co.,. New York :. 1977, ©1976.

Corky was a brilliant entertainer with a great future ahead. He had good looks, many women, and enormous talent. He also had a secret and a certainty: a secret that must be hidden from his public at all costs; and a certainty that the dark forces of magic were out to destroy him.

Boys & girls together /
ISBN: 0345439732. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 2001.

Aaron, Walt, Jenny, Branch, and Rudy, are bound together by traumatic past events and their quest to achieve their dreams against the frenzied backdrop of 1960s New York City.

William Goldman :
ISBN: 155783198X. OCLC Number:

Applause Books,. New York :. ©1995.

The season :
ISBN: 0879100230. OCLC Number:

Limelight Editions,. New York :. 1984, ©1969.

William Goldman's The temple of gold.
ISBN: 0345439740. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 2001.

Ray Trevitt is coming of age in the American Midwest of the late 1950s. Handsome, restless, eager to live life and to find his place in the world, Ray hurtles headlong through a young man's rite of passage, searching for answers and somewhere to belong. What he discovers is that within friendships and love affairs, army tours and married life, victory and tragedy, lie the experiences that will shape his destiny, scar his soul, and ultimately teach him profound lessons he never expected.

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