Preferred Citation: McGilligan, Patrick. Backstory 2: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1940s and 1950s. Berkeley:  University of California Press,  c1991.


Select Bibliography

The principal books noted in the text and footnotes, and some recently published books about screenwriters, are listed here as recommendations for further reading.

Agee, James. James Agee on Film . New York: McDowell, Obolensky, 1958.

Alexander, William. Film on the Left: American Documentary Film from 1931 to 1942 . Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981.

American Screenwriters . Edited by Randall Clark, Robert Morsberger, and Stephen O. Lesser. Vol. 26 of Dictionary of Literary Biography . Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1984.

American Screenwriters . Edited by Robert Morsberger, Stephen O. Lesser, and Randall Clark. Vol. 44 of Dictionary of Literary Biography . 2nd ser. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1986.

Andrew, Joseph. Stanley Donen . Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1983.

Balio, Tino, ed. The American Film Industry . Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1976.

Behlmer, Rudy, ed. Inside Warner Brothers (1935–1951) . New York: Viking Press, 1985.

Bessie, Alvah. Inquisition in Eden . New York: Macmillan, 1965.

Biskind, Peter. Seeing Is Believing: How Hollywood Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love the Fifties . New York: Pantheon, 1983.

Bogdanovich, Peter. Fritz Lang in America . London: Studio Vista, 1967.

Bosworth, Patricia. Montgomery Clift . New York: Bantam, 1979.

Brenman-Gibson, Margaret. Clifford Odets, American Playwright: The Years from 1906 to 1940 . New York: Atheneum, 1981.

Buñuel, Luis. My Last Sigh: The Autobiography of Luis Buñuel . New York: Knopf, 1983.

Campbell, Russell. Cinema Strikes Back: Radical Filmmaking in the United States,


1930–1942 . Edited by Diane Kirkpatrick. Ann Arbor, Mich.: UMI Research Press, 1982.

Casper, John Andrew. Stanley Donen . Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1983.

Ceplair, Larry, and Steven Englund. The Inquisition in Hollywood: Politics in the Film Community, 1930–1960 . Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor/Doubleday, 1980.

Ciment, Michel. Conversations with Losey . New York: Methuen, 1985.

Corliss, Richard. Talking Pictures: Screenwriters in the American Cinema . Woodstock, N.Y.: Overlook Press, 1974.

De Carlo, Yvonne, with Doug Warren. Yvonne: An Autobiography . New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987.

Fadiman, Regina K. Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust: Novel into Film . Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1978.

Fordin, Hugh. The World of Entertainment! Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1975.

Friedrich, Otto. City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s . New York: Harper & Row, 1986.

Geist, Kenneth L. Pictures Will Talk: The Life and Films of Joseph L. Mankiewicz . New York: Scribner's, 1978.

Grobel, Lawrence. The Hustons . New York: Scribner's, 1989.

Higham, Charles. Brando . New York: New American Library, 1987.

———, and Joel Greenberg. The Celluloid Muse: Hollywood Directors Speak . New York: Signet, 1972.

Huston, John. An Open Book . New York: Knopf, 1980.

Jacobs, Lewis. The Documentary Tradition . New York: Norton, 1979.

Kaminsky, Stuart. Don Siegel: Director . New York: Curtis Books, 1974.

Katz, Ephraim. The Film Encyclopedia . New York: Perigree Books, 1979.

Kay, Karyn, and Gerald Peary, eds. Women in the Cinema . New York: Dutton, 1977.

Kobal, John. People Will Talk . New York: Knopf, 1986.

LaGuardia, Robert. Monty . New York: Arbor House, 1977.

Lambert, Gavin. On Cukor . New York: Capricorn Books, 1973.

Lawson, John Howard. Theory and Technique of Playwriting and Screenwriting . New York: Putnam, 1949.

MacAdams, William. Ben Hecht: The Man Behind the Legend . New York: Scribner's, 1990.

McBride, Joseph. Hawks on Hawks . Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982.

———, ed. Focus on Howard Hawks . Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1972.

McCarthy, Todd, and Charles Flynn, eds. Kings of the Bs: Working Within the Hollywood System . New York: Dutton, 1975.

McGilligan, Pat, ed. Backstory: Interviews with Screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age . Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986.

Madsen, Axel. William Wyler . New York: Crowell, 1973.

Maltin, Leonard, ed. Leonard Maltin's TV Movies and Video Guide . 1990 ed. New York: New American Library (Signet), 1989.

Milne, Tom. Rouben Mamoulian . Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1969.

Minnelli, Vincente. I Remember It Well . Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1974.

Navasky, Victor. Naming Names . New York: Viking Press, 1980.

Negulesco, Jean. Things I Did and Things I Think I Did . New York: Linden Press/Simon & Schuster, 1984.


Odets, Clifford. The Time Is Ripe: The 1940 Journal of Clifford Odets . New York: Grove Press, 1988.

O'Hara, John. Selected Letters of John O'Hara . Edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli. New York: Random House, 1978.

Peary, Danny Cult Movies: The Classics, the Sleepers, the Weird and the Wonderful . New York: Dell, 1981.

———, ed. Close-Ups: The Movie Star Book . New York: Galahad Books, 1978.

Peary, Gerald, and Roger Shatzkin, eds. The Modern American Novel and the Movies . New York: Ungar, 1978.

Phillips, Gene D. The Films of Tennessee Williams . Cranbury, N.J.: Art Alliance Press, 1980.

Poitier, Sidney. This Life . New York: Knopf, 1980.

Russo, Vito. The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies . New York: Harper & Row, 1981.

Sayre, Nora. Running Time: Films of the Cold War . New York: Dial Press, 1982.

Schary, Dore. Heyday . Boston: Little, Brown, 1979.

Schwartz, Nancy Lynn. The Hollywood Writers' Wars . New York: Knopf, 1982.

Selznick, Irene. A Private View . New York: Knopf, 1983.

Server, Lee. Screenwriter: Words Become Pictures . Pittstown, N.J.: Main Street Press, 1987.

Silverman, Stephen M. David Lean . New York: H. N. Abrams, 1989.

Spoto, Donald. The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock . Boston: Little, Brown, 1983.

———. Stanley Kramer: Film Maker . New York: Putnam, 1978.

Steen, Mike. Hollywood Speaks! An Oral History . New York: Putnam, 1974.

———. A Look at Tennessee Williams . New York: Hawthorn, 1967.

Steinberg, Cobbett. Reel Facts: The Movie Book of Records . New York: Vintage Books, 1978.

Stempel, Tom. FrameWork: A History of Screenwriting in America . New York: Continuum, 1988.

Stine, Whitney, with Bette Davis. Bette Davis: Mother Goddam . New York: Hawthorn, 1974.

Thomas, Bob. Golden Boy: The Untold Story of William Holden . New York: St. Martin's Press, 1983.

———. King Cohn . New York: Putnam, 1968.

Truffaut, François. The Films in My Life . New York: Simon & Schuster, 1978.

———. Hitchcock . New York: Simon & Schuster, 1984.

Tuska, Jon. The American West in Film: Critical Approaches to the Western . Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1985.

———. In Manors and Alleys: A Casebook on the American Detective Film . Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1988.

Vizzard, Jack. See No Evil: Life Inside a Hollywood Censor . New York: Simon & Schuster, 1970.

Von Gunden, Kenneth, and Stuart H. Stock. Twenty All-Time Great Science Fiction Films . New York: Crown, 1982.

Weinberg, Herman G. The Lubitsch Touch . New York: Dutton, 1971.

Wiley, Mason, and Damien Bona. Inside Oscar . New York: Ballantine, 1987.



Preferred Citation: McGilligan, Patrick. Backstory 2: Interviews with Screenwriters of the 1940s and 1950s. Berkeley:  University of California Press,  c1991.