Critical Insights: Horton Foote

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Chronology of Author's Life
  • Complete List of Author's Works
  • Publication Dates of Works
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Robert Haynes
March 2016 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

ISBN: 978-1-61925-840-2
# of Pages: 300
# of Volumes: 1
Print List Price: $105
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e-ISBN: 978-1-61925-841-9
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A great starting point for students seeking an introduction to Horton Foote and the critical discussions surrounding his work.

American playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote is most notably known for his 1962 adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird, the screenplay for the 1983 film, Tender Mercies, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1995 play, The Young Man from Atlanta. This volume examines these works and more, such as the nine-play Orphans' Home cycle, based on Foote's own childhood.

Critical Insights: Horton Foote explores a quiet Texan whose dramatic career extended through nearly seven decades of American literature. Foote remains best known for his Academy Award-winning screenplay for the film classic To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). This film was based on one of the best-selling books in English, a novel that was published in 1960, just as the American civil rights movement gathered strength to push aside institutionalized prejudice and open new doors for millions of citizens long denied the fundamental rights promised by their nation. Horton Foote's screenplay expresses its author's deep concern about the South's reluctance to re-think its social habits and its adherence to a sentimentalized, romantic illusion of a noble antebellum plantation society.

This title includes thirteen essays by eleven Foote scholars who discuss a variety of aspects of the plays and films that we have inherited from this American master, with commentary on works ranging from his first one-act play, staged in 1940, to the amazing nine-hour sequence The Orphan's Home Cycle, which he was still working on at the time of his death. Authors whose work is assembled in this title range from contributors who know Foote only through his work to others who were his close friend. All the contributors share a deep respect for Horton Foote, who maintained both artistry and integrity during a long and challenging journey through his country's theatrical life.

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

A chronology of the author's life
A complete list of the author's works and their original dates of publication
A general bibliography
A detailed paragraph on the volume's editor
Notes on the individual chapter authors
A subject index