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

Contents

Dream City or The Drugged Lake 1937
23
Florida 1939
39
The Golden West 1954
53
Triplicate 1979
75
Sources and Acknowledgments 255
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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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