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William Goldman

William Goldman(1931- )
William Goldman
writes novels and short stories in other genres (mostly thrillers) and non-fiction.

The Princess Bride: We love the book and the film

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Like many people, I was familiar with the 1987 film The Princess Bride long before I read (or even knew about) William Goldman's original novel, the extensively titled The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure. Like the film, the novel has a framing narrative that introduces the tale itself; unlike the film it is not of a young boy being read the story by his grandfather, but Goldman's own experiences with the book both as a child and an adult.

Working with the conceit that it is a "real" novel written by the (entirely fictional) S. Morgenstern, Goldman discusses how he was introduced to the novel as a boy and then undertook the task of abridging the text in order to make it palatable to modern readers. The "original" text, as it turns out, was a long-winded satire on the culture and so... Read More

Rename this horrible cover!

No, gentle readers, your eyes are not deceiving you.

This is the cover for the 1975 Ballantine issue of William Goldman's classic novel The Princess Bride.

Yes, we are just as offended as you are. It's INCONCEIVABLE! This horrid cover does not belong on one of our favorite books and, therefore, it needs a new title. Can you help us provide one that's more appropriate? Read More

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fantasy and science fiction book reviewsMagic — (1976) Publisher: Starting out as a boy in the Catskills, Corky develops into a brilliant and famous magician whose long-hidden secret and expert skills attract dark forces intent on destroying him.