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ADAPTATIONS:From Short Story to Big Screen
"Avid readers and film buffs alike will relish
Harrison's thought-provoking opus about the process of adapting short
stories into screenplays. From science fiction to social satire,
this captivating collection of 35 tales embraces literary greats like
Chekhov and Cheever and memorable writings long out of print (such as
Frank Rooney's "Cyclists' Raid" which became the 1953 Brando classic The Wild One).
Harrison devotes a chapter to every imaginable genre, prefacing each
with quotes and anecdotes from writers, directors and actors associated with
the creative endeavors selected. ... Steven Spielberg, Frank Capra, Alfred
Hitchcock and John Ford are among the cast of cinematic personalities
in this tribute to the inspiration and perspiration required to turn fiction into
—Booklist *Starred Review*
"... and that her anthology includes Philip K. Dick, Harvey Pekar and Anton Chekhov demonstrates
Harrison's good, not to mention wide-ranging, taste."
"The best compliation of great short stories in their pre-adapted state,
is Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen, edited by Stephanie Harrison.
Bringing together thirty-five stories from a wide variety of genres and time periods,
it's a fantastic survey not only of the possibilities short stories offer,
but the breadth of American film inspired by them."
"A handy guide, particularly for film and literature groups."
"It's that rare book that isn't just welcome in the world but one that's long been needed."
—EDITOR'S CHOICE, Buffalo News
"Editor Stephanie Harrison has smartly made a kind of double book. Adaptations can be read
as a fascinating anthology of the short story as a form, not simply the "best" literary
or memorable popular pieces but an eclectic nature walk through short stories in all their varieties.
But for TCM viewers more interesting is the other book, the one about how these stories became films
and what occurs along those paths, something Harrison covers nicely in the introductions
to each grouped section."
"Adaptations is an excellent book. Its range is broad and eclectic."
—Fine Books and Collections Magazine
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"Jerry and Molly and Sam" by Raymond Carver
"Blow-Up" by Julio Cortazar
A Face in the Crowd
"Your Arkansas Traveler" by Budd Schulberg
"It Had to be Murder" by Cornell Woolrich
2001: A Space Odyssey
"The Sentinel" by Arthur C. Clarke
AI: Artificial Intelligence
"Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" by Brian Aldiss
"Spurs" by Tod Robbins
"The Fly" by George Langelaan
"Herbert West--Reanimator: Six Shots by Midnight" by H.P. Lovecraft
"Stage to Lordsburg" by Ernest Haycox
"This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" by Sherman Alexie
"The Harvey Pekar Name Story" by Harvey Pekar
"Hubba Hubba" by Dan Clowes
All About Eve
"The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr
Meet John Doe
"A Reputation" by Richard Connell
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
"Mr. Blandings Builds His Castle" by Eric Hodgins
The Wild One
"Cyclists' Raid" by Frank Rooney
"Tomorrow" by William Faulkner
Bringing Up Baby
"Bringing Up Baby" by Hagar Wilde
The Last Time I Saw Paris
"Babylon, Revisited" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"The Swimmer" by John Cheever
The Fallen Idol
"A Basement Room" by Graham Greene
"Memento Mori" by Jonathon Nolan
My Friend Flicka
"My Friend Flicka" by Mary O'Hara
A Christmas Story
"Red Ryder Nails the Hammond Street Kid" by Jean Shepherd
Field of Dreams
"Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa" by W.P. Kinsella
"In a Grove" by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Dark Eyes/The Lady with the Dog
"The Lady with the Pet Dog" by Anton Chekhov
"Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" by Joyce Carol Oates
"Auggie Wren's Christmas Story" by Paul Auster
"Emergency" by Denis Johnson
In the Bedroom
"Killings" by Andre Dubus