A Child of the Century Ben Hecht was brilliant coruscating gallant and outrageous and never dull His works uniquely reflect the man and this is the landmark work of the journalist and co author of plays The Front Page

  • Title: A Child of the Century
  • Author: Ben Hecht Sidney Zion
  • ISBN: 9780917657412
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ben Hecht was brilliant, coruscating, gallant, and outrageous and never dull His works uniquely reflect the man, and this is the landmark work of the journalist and co author of plays, The Front Page and Twentieth Century.As Sidney Zion observes in his introduction To write a great autobiography, you have to live it And while most writers are lucky to life half a lifeBen Hecht was brilliant, coruscating, gallant, and outrageous and never dull His works uniquely reflect the man, and this is the landmark work of the journalist and co author of plays, The Front Page and Twentieth Century.As Sidney Zion observes in his introduction To write a great autobiography, you have to live it And while most writers are lucky to life half a life and are seldom comfortable doing it, Ben Hecht lived a dozen worlds, enjoying them as if he were a citizen of each Acrobat, magician, poet, newspaperman, author, screenwriter, propagandist Hecht was all of these and then some He lived with passion and wit This book is loaded with marvelous tales of Chicago, New York and Hollywood, of H.L Mencken, Charles MacArthur, John Barry, Harpo Marx, Sherwood Anderson, Fanny Brice, Dorothy Parker

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    1. Buttered popcorn -- a junk food you can't stop eating, that's the Ben Hecht movie version of his life. And why Hecht ? Coauthor w Charles MacArthur of Broadway hits, The Front Page and Twentieth Century, and scripter of Nothing Sacred, Spellbound and Notorious, among others, he's also the uncredited writer on just about every entertaining movie made during the 30s-40s. He shaped Hollywood and Hollywood defined America.The School of Hecht : smart, independent babes duet w sardonic, wisecrackers w [...]

    2. Guess it should come as little surprise that one of the greatest screenwriters of all time would write such a fascinating autobiography. Almost more a book of philosophy than a memoir, Hecht doesn't get to his time in Hollywood till, like, page 400-and-something. But who cares? By then he'd lived enough for seventeen lives. His accounts of post-WW I Germany were really fascinating, and I didn't know about all he did to champion the cause of Jews before, during, and after WW II. Full of more ente [...]

    3. A very good and very interesting autobiography. The book starts with a bang--not the usual, I was born here and at this time stuff, but meditations upon god and self--that are punchy and interesting. Hecht then moves on to cover his life, relying more on anecdote than chronology. The stories are often quite good.He is a dripping misogynist, but fortunately his thoughts on women do not undermine the structure of the autobiography. Surprisingly, he's fairly conservative, too--he is very much for t [...]

    4. well, if you're a fan of the great Ben Hecht, you'll love this book. He was a wise, funny and prolific writer. Nice blurb in there about himself, David O Selznic and Victor Flemming writing the screenplay to Gone With The Wind. Locked in Sleznic's office eating peanuts and bananas for 5 days. Great insight to a great man.

    5. Not sure how much of this is literally true, and how much is embellishment, but there's no doubt Ben Hecht was a heckuva writer and a keen observer of some fascinating times. His tales of big city newsrooms and his reporting on post WW1 Germany; his immersion in the world of New York intellectuals and artists in the 1920s, and in golden-age Hollywood; and his inside account of the formation of the nation of Israel are all gripping.

    6. This is an amazing book, and it's a crime that it's out of print. It's not perfect--Hecht could have done with a tough editor and there are a few passages that can be skipped, but Child is packed with great stories and truly astonishing prose. Full of mystery, beauty and history, this book will take you places

    7. Remarkable memoir from maybe the greatest screenwriter of all-time. He lived such an interesting life that Hollywood is covered in a single chapter.

    8. Really excellent even outside his reluctant time in Hollywood. He only scratches the surface regarding his friend Charles MacArthur, so I think I'll read Hecht's biography of him next.

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