starwolvie approved Tiger Cub’s request to combine 2 contributors, including William Goldman, Monday, May 14, 2012.
Tiger Cub submitted a request to combine 2 contributors, including William Goldman, Friday, March 23, 2012.
sheepasleep edited the summary of William Goldman Saturday, June 18, 2011.
sheepasleep edited the overview of William Goldman Saturday, June 18, 2011.
William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, playwright, and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. He lives in New York City.
Goldman has won two Academy Awards: an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for All the President's Men. He has also won two Edgar Awards, from the Mystery Writers of America, for Best Motion Picture Screenplay: for Harper in 1967, and for Magic (adapted from his own 1976 novel) in 1979.
Simon Morgenstern is both a pseudonym and a narrative device invented by Goldman to add another layer to his novel The Princess Bride. He presents his novel as being an abridged version of a work by the fictional Morgenstern, an author from the equally fictional country of Florin. The name is almost certainly a reference to Johann Carl Simon Morgenstern who coined the term Bildungsroman describing the genre of story.
The details of Goldman's life given in the introduction and commentary for The Princess Bride are also largely fictional. For instance, he says that his wife is a psychiatrist and that he was inspired to abridge Morgenstern's The Princess Bride for his only child, a son. (The Princess Bride actually originated as a bedtime story for Goldman's two daughters.) He not only treats Morgenstern and the countries of Florin and Guilder as real, but even claims that his own father was Florinese and had immigrated to America.
At one point in The Princess Bride, Goldman's commentary indicates that he had wanted to add a passage elaborating a scene skipped over by Morgenstern. He explains that his editors would not allow him to take such liberties with the "original" text, and encourages readers to write to his publisher to request a copy of this scene. Both the original publisher and its successor have responded to such requests with letters describing their supposed legal problems with the Morgenstern estate.
In the 15th and 25th Anniversary Edition of The Princess Bride, Goldman claimed that he wanted to adapt the sequel written by Morgenstern, Buttercup's Baby, but he was unable to do so because Morgenstern's estate wanted Stephen King to do the abridgment instead. He also continued the fictional details of his own life, claiming that his psychiatrist wife had divorced him, and his son had grown to have a son of his own.
Goldman also wrote The Silent Gondoliers under the Morgenstern name.
Rochelle H edited the summary of William Goldman Thursday, May 20, 2010.
Andrew Powell approved Timothy Gray’s request to combine 3 contributors, including William Goldman, Tuesday, January 26, 2010.
Timothy Gray submitted a request to combine 3 contributors, including William Goldman, Sunday, January 24, 2010.
Lisa edited the bio of William Goldman Saturday, August 2, 2008.
Benjamin J edited the bio of William Goldman Tuesday, June 24, 2008.