The Golden West: Hollywood Stories

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David R. Godine Publisher, Jan 1, 2005 - Fiction - 256 pages
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"In the spring of 1937, Daniel Fuchs, twenty-seven years old and the author of three acclaimed novels of Brooklyn tenement life, came to Hollywood to bang out a treatment of one of his short stories. His thirteen-week contract turned into a permanent residence - and a lifelong love affair." "The Golden West collects, for the first time, the best of Fuchs's writings about the movie business, from a novice screenwriter's anxious diaries (1937-38) to a fifty-year veteran's mellow memoirs (1989). The centerpiece of the book is "West of the Rockies," a short novel, set in the late 1950s, about a half-mad woman, immature and incapable, who is, almost despite herself, a star, "a quantity indefinable, ephemeral, everlastingly elusive - Hollywood's chief stock in trade." It is also a bitter portrait of the star's agent, a grifter who is tempted to use her and her weaknesses to his own ends."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Fuchs left his native Brooklyn, NY, for California after publishing three novels about Jewish tenement life. He became an Oscar-winning screenwriter for the big studios and also wrote fiction about ... Read full review

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This superb collection of Daniel Fuchs's fiction and essays about Hollywood, spanning half a century, records the vagaries of the film industry from the perspective of a screenwriter who toiled for ... Read full review


Dream City or The Drugged Lake 1937
Florida 1939
The Golden West 1954
Triplicate 1979
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CHRISTOPHER CARDUFF, editor, is a consulting editor at The Library of America. His collected edition of William Maxwell's ction, published to mark the writer's centenary, will be completed by a second volume, "Later Novels and Stories," in fall 2008.

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