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William Peter Blatty (1928–2017)

Autor(a) de The Exorcist

45+ Works 8,054 Membros 211 Críticas 16 Favorited

About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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Obras por William Peter Blatty

The Exorcist (1971) 5,531 exemplares
Legion (1983) 947 exemplares
The Exorcist [1973 film] (1973) — Screenwriter — 412 exemplares
Dimiter (2010) 233 exemplares
The Ninth Configuration (1978) — Autor — 180 exemplares
Elsewhere (2009) 132 exemplares
Crazy (2010) 103 exemplares
Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane (1966) 86 exemplares
The Exorcist III [1990 film] (1999) — Director/Screenwriter — 74 exemplares
The Exorcist [screenplay] (1998) 30 exemplares
I'll Tell Them I Remember You (1973) 27 exemplares
The Exorcist and Legion [screenplays] (1998) — Autor — 27 exemplares
Darling Lili [1970 film] (2005) — Screenwriter — 19 exemplares
The Redemption (2010) 19 exemplares
Which way to Mecca, Jack? (1960) 18 exemplares
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1964) 18 exemplares
Before The Exorcist (1998) 12 exemplares
The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology [videorecording] (2014) — Screenwriter; Director — 11 exemplares
I, Billy Shakespeare! (1965) 2 exemplares
Promise Her Anything [1965 film] (1992) — Writer — 2 exemplares
EXORCIST confidential 2 exemplares
The Exorcist (2015) 1 exemplar
The Exorcist 1998 1 exemplar
The Exorcist | Rosemary's Baby (2002) — Autor — 1 exemplar
L'exorciste 3 (la suite) (1991) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense (1999) — Contribuidor, algumas edições617 exemplares
Demons (2011) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Detours (2015) — Autor — 14 exemplares
Cemetery Dance Issue 62 (2009) 9 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Blatty, William Peter
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
USA (birth)
Local de nascimento
New York, New York, USA
Local de falecimento
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Causa da morte
multiple myeloma
Locais de residência
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
Prémios e menções honrosas
Bram Stoker Award (Lifetime Achievement ∙ 1997)
Academy Award (1973)
Golden Globe

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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.



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 outras críticas | 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 | 150 outras críticas | Mar 2, 2024 |
Excellent horror, classic
MiriamMcClamrock | 150 outras críticas | Feb 3, 2024 |
This book….sigh. It is truly the single most wonderfully written horror book I’ve ever read. This is my epitome when it comes to this genera. It’s the 3rd time I’ve read it and I just appreciate it more each time I journey through the insanity and despair of the household which this takes place. If you for some crazy reason not read this yet, please just do it and forgive yourself later for waiting so long
cmpeters | 150 outras críticas | Feb 2, 2024 |



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