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The stories collected here were chosen for adaptation and inclusion in a series of films sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. These two superb collections of short fiction bring together the works of America's master writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Complete with insightful commentary on the author and the work by an established scholar, both volumes also demonstrate through interviews, script excerpts, and photographs how the story was transformed into an acclaimed film drama. Comprehensive and scholarly, these stories offer a broad vision of the creative process through many prisms–that of the author, critic, scriptwriter, actor, and director. These volumes are rich and alive with the experience of great American art.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Introduction by Calvin Skaggs; “Rappaccini’s Daughter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Film scenes by Herbert Hartig, “On Nathaniel Hawthorne...” by Henry Nash Smith; “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” by Mark Twain, Screenplay by Mark Harris, Interview with Mark Harris, “On Mark Twain...” by John Seelye; “Paul’s Case” by Willa Cather, Film scenes by Ron Cowen, “On Willa Cather...” by Rosellen Brown; “The Golden Honeymoon” by Ring Lardner, Film scene by Frederic Hunter, “On Ring Lardner...” by Gerald Jay Goldberg; “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Anne Porter, Screenplay by Corinne Jacker, Interview with Corinne Jacker, “On Katherine Anne Porter...” by Carolyn G. Heilbrun; “The Greatest Man in the World” by James Thurber, Screenplay by Jeff Wanshel, “On James Thurber...” by Earl Rovit; “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner, Film scenes by Horton Foote, “On William Faulkner...” by James M. Cox; “The Sky Is Gray” by Ernest J. Gaines, Film scenes by Charles Fuller, Interview with Ernest J. Gaines, “On Ernest J. Gaines...” by Jordan Pecile