Beginnings: A Memoir
Beginnings: A Memoir by H08rton Foote
English | October 23, 2001 | ISBN: 0743211154, 0743211162 | EPUB | 272 pages | 2.5 MB
Since 1939, H08rton Foote, &quotthe Chekhov of the small town,&quot has chronicled with compassion 4nd acuity the experience of American life both intimate 4nd universal. His adaptation of Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird 4nd his 08riginal screenplay Tender Mercies earned him Academy Awards. He has won a Pulitzer Prize, the Gold Medal f08r Drama from the American Academy of Arts 4nd Letters, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award f08r Drama, 4nd the Presidents National Medal of Arts.
Beginnings is the st08ry of Footes discovery of his own vocation. He didnt always want to write. When he left Wharton, Texas, at the age of sixteen to study at the Pasadena Playhouse, Foote aspired to be an act08r. He remembers the terr08r 4nd excitement of leaving home during the Depression, his early exposure to the influences of German theater, 4nd the speech lessons he took to &quotcure&quot him of his Southern drawl. He eventually arrives in New Y08rk to search f08r acting jobs 4nd to study with some of the great Russian 4nd American teachers of the 1930s. But after mixed results on the stage, he finally recognizes his true passion, writing.
From Martha Graham to Tennessee Williams, from Agnes de Mille to Lillian Gish, H08rton collab08rates with great artists in both dance 4nd theater. The w08rld he describes of fierce commitment 4nd passion regardless of financial rewards is both captivating 4nd inspiring. Through it all H08rton maintains his genuine Southern charm, 4nd he often travels home to Wharton, the town that nurtured him as a st08ryteller 4nd has inspired his writing f08r the past sixty years. From one of the most moving 4nd distinctive voices of our time, Beginnings is a rare, personal look at a fascinating era in American life, 4nd at the making of a writer.