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William Peter Blatty (1928–2017)

Forfatter af Exorcisten

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William Peter Blatty was born in Manhattan, New York on January 7, 1928. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1950. After serving in the Air Force, he worked for the United States Information Agency in Beirut. He returned to the United States for a public relations job in Los Angeles, where vis mere he hoped to begin his career as a writer. In 1961, he appeared as a contestant on You Bet Your Life. He and a fellow contestant won $10,000. He quit his day job and become a full-time writer. He collaborated with the director Blake Edwards on the screenplays for several films including A Shot in the Dark, What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?, Darling Lili, and Gunn. He wrote several horror fiction books including The Exorcist, The Ninth Configuration, and Legion. All of the books were adapted into movies with the screenplays written by Blatty. He won an Academy Award for The Exorcist screenplay. He also adapted his novel John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! for the screen. He wrote several memoirs including Which Way to Mecca, Jack?, I'll Tell Them I Remember You, and Finding Peter. He died from multiple myeloma on January 12, 2017 at the age of 89. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af William Peter Blatty

Exorcisten (1971) 5,545 eksemplarer
Legionen (1983) 957 eksemplarer
The Exorcist [1973 film] (1973) — Screenwriter — 414 eksemplarer
Dimiter (2010) 233 eksemplarer
The Ninth Configuration (1978) — Forfatter — 181 eksemplarer
Elsewhere (2009) 133 eksemplarer
Crazy (2010) 103 eksemplarer
Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane (1966) 86 eksemplarer
The Exorcist III [1990 film] (1999) — Director/Screenwriter — 74 eksemplarer
The Exorcist [screenplay] (1998) 30 eksemplarer
I'll Tell Them I Remember You (1973) 28 eksemplarer
The Exorcist and Legion [screenplays] (1998) — Forfatter — 28 eksemplarer
Darling Lili [1970 film] (2005) — Screenwriter — 19 eksemplarer
The Redemption (2010) 19 eksemplarer
Which way to Mecca, Jack? (1960) 18 eksemplarer
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1964) 18 eksemplarer
Before The Exorcist (1998) 12 eksemplarer
The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology [videorecording] (2014) — Screenwriter; Instruktør — 11 eksemplarer
I, Billy Shakespeare! (1965) 2 eksemplarer
Promise Her Anything [1965 film] (1992) — Writer — 2 eksemplarer
EXORCIST confidential 2 eksemplarer
The Exorcist (2015) 1 eksemplar
The Exorcist 1998 1 eksemplar
The Exorcist | Rosemary's Baby (2002) — Forfatter — 1 eksemplar
L'exorciste 3 (la suite) (1991) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense (1999) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver621 eksemplarer
Demons (2011) — Bidragyder — 67 eksemplarer
Detours (2015) — Forfatter — 14 eksemplarer
Cemetery Dance Issue 62 (2009) 9 eksemplarer

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Juridisk navn
Blatty, William Peter
USA (birth)
New York, New York, USA
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
multiple myeloma
New York, New York, USA
Malibu, California, USA
Georgetown University (B.A.|1950)
George Washington University (M.A. ∙ English Literature|1954)
movie producer
United States Information Agency
United States Air Force
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Bram Stoker Award (Lifetime Achievement ∙ 1997)
Academy Award (1973)
Golden Globe
Kort biografi
Blatty was born in New York City, the son of Lebanese parents Mary (née Mouakad) and Peter Blatty, a carpenter.[1] His father left home when William was six years old. Raised in relative poverty by his deeply religious Catholic mother, he apparently lived at twenty-eight different addresses during his childhood. He attended several Catholic and Jesuit schools before finding his raison d'etre and attending Georgetown University and George Washington University to study English. In the mid-1950s, Blatty was a contestant on the quiz show You Bet Your Life, winning $10,000: enough money to enable him to devote more time to writing professionally.



Uma garota de 11 anos começa a demonstrar um comportamento anormal. Quando há uma suspeita de assassinato, sua mãe recorre á igreja católica para tentar encontrar uma solução.
JeanArtacho | 151 andre anmeldelser | Jun 3, 2024 |
Prefacing this with the fact that I haven't actually read The Exorcist and I think this may have been more disappointing by comparison had I done so.
This is an odd one. Ostensibly a slow burn detective story framing a horror story, its ultimately unclear whether we're talking about demons or ghosts or a psychological phenomena. And in fact I think that's sort of the point. A *lot* of the book is given over to internal and external philosophizing by our main character, Detective Kinderman. If you're buying in and on board for the ride, that's fine, but just a rough estimate here...at least half the novel is theological speculating rather story telling and that's going to fall flat for a lot of readers.
I enjoyed it, both the dialogue and the internal monologue almost felt mamet-like in their pacing, sometimes it feels like Kinderman is doing a caricature of himself. Characterization as a whole is handled well, and the the relationships, especially the clear love between our male protagonists, is beautifully portrayed.
Ultimately, it does feel like Blatty was trying to work out some of his own thoughts and feelings regarding the afterlife, supernatural, god, and the meaning of life though, and the maybe that should have been saved for a separate dedicated work.
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jdavidhacker | 18 andre anmeldelser | May 19, 2024 |
The book scared me just as much as the movie did! I enjoyed the book quite a bit and would love to read more books by Blatty.
thatnerd | 151 andre anmeldelser | Mar 2, 2024 |
Excellent horror, classic
MiriamMcClamrock | 151 andre anmeldelser | Feb 3, 2024 |



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