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Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures (Jewish Lives)

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A vibrant portrait of one of the most accomplished and prolific American screenwriters, by an award-winning biographer and essayist He was, according to Pauline Kael, "the greatest American screenwriter." Jean-Luc Godard called him "a genius" who "invented 80 percent of what is used in Hollywood movies today." Besides tossing off dozens of now-classic scripts--including Scarface, Twentieth Century, and Notorious--Ben Hecht was known in his day as ace reporter, celebrated playwright, taboo-busting novelist, and the most quick-witted of provocateurs. During World War II, he also emerged as an outspoken crusader for the imperiled Jews of Europe, and later he became a fierce propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine's Jewish terrorist underground. Whatever the outrage he stirred, this self-declared "child of the century" came to embody much that defined America--especially Jewish America--in his time. Hecht's fame has dimmed with the decades, but Adina Hoffman's vivid portrait brings this charismatic and contradictory figure back to life on the page. Hecht was a renaissance man of dazzling sorts, and Hoffman--critically acclaimed biographer, former film critic, and eloquent commentator on Middle Eastern culture and politics--is uniquely suited to capture him in all his modes.


  • | Author: Adina Hoffman
  • | Publisher: Yale University Press
  • | Publication Date: February 18, 2020
  • | Number of Pages: 264 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Paperback
  • | ISBN-10: 0300251815
  • | ISBN-13: 9780300251814
Author:
Adina Hoffman
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication Date:
February 18, 2020
Number of pages:
264 pages
Language:
English
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0300251815
ISBN-13:
9780300251814