Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 84. Chapters: William Goldman, Arthur Miller, David Mamet, Arthur Laurents, Neil Simon, George S. Kaufman, Edna Ferber, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Ben Hecht, Howard Zinn, Tim Blake Nelson, Larry Kramer, Vera Caspary, Tony Kushner, Joseph Heller, Paddy Chayefsky, John Howard Lawson, Jonathan Larson, Lillian Hellman, Norman Corwin, Harvey Fierstein, Carl Djerassi, Elmer Rice, Clifford Odets, Wendy Wasserstein, Jack Gelber, Donald Margulies, Mordecai Manuel Noah, David Belasco, Jacob Mikhailovich Gordin, Irwin Shaw, David Pinski, Helene Hanff, Jon Robin Baitz, Alfred Uhry, Jerome Weidman, Mark Saltzman, Mark London Williams, Leon Kobrin, Bruce Jay Friedman, Paul Rudnick, Jane Bowles, Samson Raphaelson, John Weidman, Itamar Moses, Jesse Kellerman, Eleazar Lipsky. Excerpt: Ben Hecht ( ; 1894-1964) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, and novelist. Called "the Shakespeare of Hollywood", he received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some 70 films and as a prolific storyteller, authored 35 books and created some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America. Film historian Richard Corliss called him "the" Hollywood screenwriter, someone who "personified Hollywood itself." The Dictionary of Literary Biography - American Screenwriters calls him "one of the most successful screenwriters in the history of motion pictures." He was the first screenwriter to receive an Academy Award for Original Screenplay, for the movie Underworld (1927). The number of screenplays he wrote or worked on that are now considered classics is, according to Chicago's Newberry Library, "astounding," and included films such as, Scarface (1932), The Front Page, Twentieth Century (1934), Barbary Coast (1935), Nothing Sacred (1937), Some Like It Hot, Gone with the Wind, Gunga Din, Wuthering Heigh...
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