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Rewrites: A Memoir

Simon, Neil

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ISBN 10: 0684826720 / ISBN 13: 9780684826721
Published by Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Rewrites: A Memoir

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: Second Printing

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The popular playwright and author of Barefoot in the Park recounts his painful childhood, his many influences, anecdotes from his career, and the devastating death of his wife. 100,000 first printing. Tour.

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After serving an apprenticeship under Sid Caesar and Phil Silvers in Los Angeles, Neil Simon returned to New York at age 30 to embark on a career as a playwright. Some 35 years and three dozen plays later, the most successful comedy writer in the history of the American stage is still at it. In Rewrites, Simon reflects on his career, his relationship with his older brother and mentor Danny, and the loss of his wife Joan to cancer. Along the way, he reveals the price he has paid for his achievements: "I felt like I had stopped relating to people as friends, relatives, acquaintances.... Instead they turned into my victims, as I ripped their private souls from their being, feeding my hunger, my insatiable desire to use them in my writings, in my plays, in my thoughts."

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