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       aka S Morgenstern.William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, screenwriter, and playwright.

        He was born in Highland Park, Illinois and obtained a BA degree at Oberlin College, 1952 and an MA degree at Columbia University, 1956. He had published five novels and had three plays produced on Broadway before going to Hollywood to write screenplays, including several based on his novels. In the 1980s he wrote a series of memoirs looking at his professional life on Broadway and in Hollywood (in one of these he remarked that in Hollywood Nobody knows anything), and wrote more novels. Adapting his novel The Princess Bride to the screen marked his re-entry into screenwriting. He is often called in as an uncredited script doctor on troubled projects.

        Simon Morgenstern is a pseudonym, a narrative device invented by him to add another layer to his work, The Princess Bride. Goldman claims S. Morgenstern is the original Florinese author of The Princess Bride while he credits himself as the abridger who's bringing the classic to an American audience. Goldman has also written The Silent Gondoliers under Morgenstern's name.

        He has won two Academy Awards: an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for All the President's Men.

        He married Ilene Jones: they were divorced in 1991. Contrary to his fictionalised biography in The Princess Bride, he has two daughters and no sons.



Your Turn to Curtsy, My Turn to Bow (1958)

Soldier in the Rain (1963)

No Way to Treat A Lady (1964)

The Thing of It Is... (1967)

Boys and Girls Together (1969)

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (1969)

The Temple of Gold (1970)

Father's Day (1971)

The Princess Bride (1973) Download

Marathon Man (1974)

Wigger (1974)

The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)

Magic (1976)

Tinsel (1979)

Control (1982)

The Silent Gondoliers (1983) (as by S Morgenstern)

The Color of Light (1984)

Edged Weapons (1985) aka Heat

Brothers (1986)


Five Screenplays with Essays: All the President's Men, Magic, Harper, Maverick, and The Great Waldo Pepper (1984)

Four Screenplays with Essays: Marathon Man, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Princess Bride, Misery (1994)


Blood Sweat and Stanley Poole (1962)

Absolute Power: The Screenplay (1997)

Non fiction

The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway (1969)

Adventures in the Screen Trade (1983)

Wait Till Next Year (1988) (with Mike Lupica)

Hype and Glory (1990)

The Big Picture: Who Killed Hollywood?: And Other Essays (2000)

Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade (2000)

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