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A Thousand And One Afternoons In Chicago

Author : Ben Hecht
ISBN : 0226322793
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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In 1921, Ben Hecht wrote a column for the Chicago Daily News that his editor called “journalism extraordinary; journalism that invaded the realm of literature.” Hecht’s collection of sixty-four of these pieces, illustrated with striking pen drawings by Herman Rosse, is a timeless caricature of urban American life in the jazz age, updated with a new Introduction for the twenty-first century. From the glittering opulence of Michigan Avenue to the darkest ruminations of an escaped convict, from captains of industry to immigrant day laborers, Hecht captures 1920s Chicago in all its furor, intensity, and absurdity. “The hardboiled audacity and wit that became Hecht’s signature as Hollywood’s most celebrated screen-writer are conspicuous in these vignettes. Most of them are comic and sardonic, some strike muted tragic or somber atmospheric notes. . . . The best are timeless character sketches that have taken on an added interest as shards of social history.”—L. S. Klepp, Voice Literary Supplement
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Ben Hecht

Author : Adina Hoffman
ISBN : 9780300182408
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A vibrant portrait of one of the most accomplished and prolific American screenwriters, by an award-winning biographer and essayist He was, according to Pauline Kael, “the greatest American screenwriter.” Jean-Luc Godard called him “a genius” who “invented 80 percent of what is used in Hollywood movies today.” Besides tossing off dozens of now-classic scripts—including Scarface, Twentieth Century, and Notorious—Ben Hecht was known in his day as ace reporter, celebrated playwright, taboo-busting novelist, and the most quick-witted of provocateurs. During World War II, he also emerged as an outspoken crusader for the imperiled Jews of Europe, and later he became a fierce propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine’s Jewish terrorist underground. Whatever the outrage he stirred, this self-declared “child of the century” came to embody much that defined America—especially Jewish America—in his time. Hecht's fame has dimmed with the decades, but Adina Hoffman’s vivid portrait brings this charismatic and contradictory figure back to life on the page. Hecht was a renaissance man of dazzling sorts, and Hoffman—critically acclaimed biographer, former film critic, and eloquent commentator on Middle Eastern culture and politics—is uniquely suited to capture him in all his modes.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

A Study Guide For Ben Hecht S The Front Page

Author : Gale, Cengage Learning
ISBN : 9781410346520
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A Study Guide for Ben Hecht's "The Front Page," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.
Category: Literary Criticism

Fun To Be Free

Author : Ben Hecht
ISBN : UCAL:B3342434
Genre : United States
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Category: United States


Author : Ben Hecht
ISBN : UCAL:B4372901
Genre : Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
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An account of the trial of M. Grunwald before an Israeli court on the charge of criminal libel of R. Kastner.
Category: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

A Treasury Of Ben Hecht

Author : Ben Hecht
ISBN : UCAL:$B101951
Genre : American fiction
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Category: American fiction

The Notorious Ben Hecht

Author : Julien Gorbach
ISBN : 9781557538659
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Ben Hecht had seen his share of death-row psychopaths, crooked ward bosses, and Capone gun thugs by the time he had come of age as a crime reporter in gangland Chicago. His grim experience with what he called "the soul of man" gave him a kind of uncanny foresight a decade later, when a loose cannon named Adolf Hitler began to rise to power in central Europe. In 1932, Hechtsolidified his legend as "the Shakespeare of Hollywood" with histhriller Scarface, the Howard Hughes epic considered the gangster movie to end all gangster movies. But Hecht rebelled against his Jewish bosses at the movie studios when they refused to make films about the Nazi menace. Leveraging his talents and celebrity connections to orchestrate a spectacular one-man publicity campaign, he mobilized pressure on the Roosevelt administration for an Allied plan to rescue Europe's Jews. Then after the war, Hecht became notorious, embracing the labels "gangster" and "terrorist" in partnering with the mobster Mickey Cohen to smuggle weapons to Palestine in the fight for a Jewish state. The Notorious Ben Hecht: Iconoclastic Writer and Militant Zionist is a biography of a great twentieth-century writer that treats his activism during the 1940s as the central drama of his life. It details the story of how Hecht earned admiration as a humanitarian and vilification as an extremist at this pivotal moment in history, about the origins of his beliefs in his varied experiences in American media, and about the consequences. Who else but Hecht could have drawn the admiration of Ezra Pound, clowned around with Harpo Marx, written Notorious and Spellbound with Alfred Hitchcock, launched Marlon Brando's career, ghosted Marilyn Monroe's memoirs, hosted Jack Kerouac and Salvador Dalí on his television talk show, and plotted revolt with Menachem Begin? Any lover of modern history who follows this journey through the worlds of gangsters, reporters, Jazz Age artists, Hollywood stars, movie moguls, political radicals, and guerrilla fighters will never look at the twentieth century in the same way again.
Category: Biography & Autobiography


Author : Ben Hecht
ISBN : 9781775458517
Genre : Fiction
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If cinematic stories with well-drawn characters are your preference when it comes to fiction, check out Gargoyles by Ben Hecht, who was one of the foremost screenwriters during Hollywood's Golden Age. Hecht wrote or co-wrote the scripts for a number of classic films, including Some Like It Hot, Gone with the Wind, Gunga Din, and Wuthering Heights, and even collaborated on Marilyn Monroe's autobiography My Story as a ghostwriter.
Category: Fiction

Erik Dorn

Author : Ben Hecht
ISBN : 9781465551641
Genre : Americans
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Category: Americans

Actor S Blood

Author : Ben Hecht
ISBN : UCAL:$B243139
Genre : Detective and mystery stories
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Category: Detective and mystery stories