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Ellen Cheshire

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172059

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172059.001.0001

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Prick Up Your Ears

Prick Up Your Ears

Now a Word on Writers

(p.49) 3 Prick Up Your Ears

Ellen Cheshire

Columbia University Press

Among all the creative arts, writing is the one that directors often find difficult to convey on screen. Films on the lives of real writers tend to downplay the actual act of writing and focus instead on their private lives, either drawing parallels between what they write about and their lives, or how events serve as inspiration for their emotional inner life and its transfer to the written page. This chapter examines the lives of three writers, and four interpretations of their lives: Iris Murdoch in Iris (2001), Harvey Pekar in American Splendor (2003), and two versions of Truman Capote in Capote (2005) and Infamous (2006).

Keywords:   bio-pics, films, writers, Irish Murdoch, Harvey Pekar, American Splendor, Truman Capote, Infamous

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