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The five lives of Ben Hecht, Doug Fetherling

Label
The five lives of Ben Hecht
Title
The five lives of Ben Hecht
Statement of responsibility
Doug Fetherling
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
As a writer, Ben Hecht (1894-1964) operated on many fronts and just as many levels. As a Chicago reporter in the wide-open 1920s, he created a frenetic and extravagant style of journalism. Later, he made his mark as a novelist of the bizarre, and was also one of the most popular playwrights of his day. Still later, as a screenwriter and sometime director in the golden age of Hollywood, he left a permanent stamp on films and on movie legend. Hecht was a prolific writer (35 books and twice as many films) and has come to seem just as prodigious in the combined folklore of Broadway, the movie industry and the newspaper business. But the fact that he worked in so many fields simultaneously has tended to blur his reputation. In this introduction to Hecht's personality and works, Doug Fetherling breaks Hecht's career into five overlapping "lives" or phases. First, there are the darlings of the avant garde, Hecht the Iconoclast and Hecht the Bohemian, at war with the ordinary, who brought about a new appreciation of the modern urban sensibility. Next was Hecht the Sophisticate, who mixed a unique concoction of sentiment and cynicism, a blend that remains a feature of his work and of popular culture between the wars. Then there was Hecht the Propagandist, who, in his work on behalf of the Jewish people, managed to alienate all sides of a bitterly fought series of political confrontations. Finally, there was Hecht the Memoirist who, drawing on previous selves, brought new vigor to what is often a stodgy literary form. While the Hollywood Hecht is best remembered today, Fetherling argues that the whole of his work must be viewed before we can gain insight into any of its parts. In so doing, he has written the first serious examination of a writer who, while at odds with his times, is one without whom they would not have been quite the same.--From publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fetherling, George
Illustrations
portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Authors, American
  • Dramatists, American
  • Screenwriters
  • Hecht, Ben
Label
The five lives of Ben Hecht, Doug Fetherling
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
  • Filmography: pages 199-206
  • Includes bibliographies and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The history of his reputation -- Our man in Gomorrah -- Tales of Chicago streets -- Backyard Athens -- The front page : a research -- 1001 afternoons in Hollywood -- Cynic's night out -- Where is Zion now? -- Shelley in chains -- The champion of long ago -- Special effects
Control code
3578450
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9780919630857
Lccn
78302215
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
portrait
System control number
(WaOLN)177782
Label
The five lives of Ben Hecht, Doug Fetherling
Publication
Bibliography note
  • Filmography: pages 199-206
  • Includes bibliographies and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The history of his reputation -- Our man in Gomorrah -- Tales of Chicago streets -- Backyard Athens -- The front page : a research -- 1001 afternoons in Hollywood -- Cynic's night out -- Where is Zion now? -- Shelley in chains -- The champion of long ago -- Special effects
Control code
3578450
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9780919630857
Lccn
78302215
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
portrait
System control number
(WaOLN)177782

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