“Losing Bill Goldman made me cry. My favorite book of all time is The Princess Bride. I was honored he allowed me to make it into a movie. I visited with him last Saturday. He was very weak but his mind still had the Goldman edge. I told him I loved him. He smiled & said **** you”
The literary and film worlds are mourning the loss of William Goldman, esteemed author and screenwriter, whose long career includes films and novels that are at very the top of our staff’s list of favorites.
Goldman began writing when he took a creative writing course while attending Oberlin College. He received poor grades in the class and began anonymously submitting contributions to Oberlin’s literary magazine; despite being one of the magazine’s editors, all of his submissions were roundly rejected by the rest of the writing staff. He wrote novels upon graduation and was approached by the actor Cliff Robertson to adapt Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon into a screenplay and, despite having no experience as a screenwriter, accepted the offer.
This began an illustrious career that saw him win two Academy Awards and publish several novels. To remember this fantastic career, we recommend watching:
- All The President’s Men
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
- Marathon Man
- The Princess Bride
- The Stepford Wives
And settling down with some of his best novels: