A collection of letters written by famous novelists compiled by filmmaker James R. Messenger (American (Georgia), 1948-2015) as part of research for his Master's thesis - the adaptation of literature for the screen. Collection comprises 22 letters written or typed and signed by notable authors in explanation of their reactions to the film version of their work, these in response to a form letter written by Messenger posing various questions. Response letters include Thornton Wilder dated October 22, 1974 regarding "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" and also mentioning the film adaptation of his play "Our Town"; James Dickey dated 10/31/1974 regarding his book Deliverance; William Armstrong regarding his book "Sounder"; Morris West regarding his books "The Shoes of the Fisherman" and "The Crooked Road"; John Knowles dated November 12, 1974 regarding his book "A Separate Peace"; Helen MacInnes regarding her books "The Venetian Affair" and "Above Suspicion"; James Jones dated February 6, 1975 regarding his books "From Here to Eternity" and "Some Came Running"; James Leo Herlihy dated December 10, 1974 ; Sue Kaufman (Mrs. Jeremiah A. Barondess) dated November 24, 1974 regarding her book "Diary of a Mad Housewife"; Evan Hunter regarding his books "Last Summer" and "The Blackboard Jungle"; Ken Kesey regarding his book "Sometimes a Great Notion"; Daniel Keyes regarding his books "Flowers for Algernon" and "The Touch" and short story "The Two Worlds of Charlie Gordon"; Christopher Isherwood dated October 28, 1974; an unsent letter to Kurt Vonnegut regarding his book "Slaughterhouse Five"; Kathleen Winsor dated January 7, 1975 regarding her book "Forever Amber"; Bernard Malamud regarding his book "The Fixer"; Robert Penn Warren dated November 4, 1974 regarding his book "All The King's Men"; Frank Yerby regarding his books "The Foxes of Harrow", "The Golden Hawk", and "The Saracen Blade"; Irving Stone dated November 18, 1974 regarding his books "Lust for Life", "The Agony and the Ecstasy" and "Battle Cry"; Daniel Keyes dated November 6, 1974 further regarding his book "Flowers for Algernon"; Bel Kaufman dated October 29, 1974 regarding her book "Up the Down Staircase"; John Hersey dated October 23, 1974 regarding his books "A Bell for Adano" and "The War Lover"; and Herman Wouk dated October 29, 1974 regarding his books "Youngblood Hawke" and "The City Boy" and novelette "Slattery's Hurricane". Many of the authors writing directly only Messenger's original letter in haste, apologizing for delay and/or brevity of response, editorializing on Hollywood in general, and commending Messenger for his splendid thesis topic. Provenance: acquired by present owner from The Estate of Mr. James R. Messenger, Atlanta, Georgia
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