The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan

The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan

Elia Kazan


This selection of approximately 300 letters supplies us the lifetime of Elia Kazan unfiltered, with the entire ardour, energy, and uncooked honesty that made him such a major and ambitious level director (A Streetcar Named hope, demise of a Salesman), movie director (On the Waterfront, East of Eden), novelist, and memoirist.

Elia Kazan’s lifelong selection to be a “sincere, unsleeping, working towards artist” resounds in those letters—fully annotated throughout—in each part of his profession: his intriguing apprenticeship with the hot and impressive crew Theatre, as stagehand, degree supervisor, and actor (Waiting for Lefty, Golden Boy) . . . his first tentative after which profitable makes an attempt at directing for the theater and films (The pores and skin of Our Teeth, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) . . . his cofounding in 1947 of the Actors Studio and his codirection of the nascent Repertory Theater of Lincoln middle . . . his cutting edge and celebrated paintings on Broadway (All My Sons, Cat on a scorching Tin Roof, J.B.) and in Hollywood (Gentleman’s contract, elegance within the Grass, A Face within the Crowd, child Doll) . . . his beginning as a writer.

Kazan directed nearly back-to-back the best American dramas of the era—by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams—and contributed to shaping their destiny productions. the following we see how he collaborated with those and different writers: Clifford Odets, Thornton Wilder, John Steinbeck, and Budd Schulberg between them. The letters provide us a special snatch of his luminous insights on appearing, directing, generating, as he writes to and approximately Marlon Brando, James Dean, Warren Beatty, Robert De Niro, Boris Aronson, and Sam Spiegel, between others. We see Kazan’s heated dealings with studio moguls Darryl Zanuck and Jack Warner, his principled resistance to movie censorship, and the upheavals of his testimony prior to the home Committee on Un-American actions.

those letters checklist besides the interior lifetime of the artist and the guy. We see his startling candor in writing to his first spouse, his confidante and adviser, Molly Day Thacher—they didn't mince phrases with one another. And we see a father’s letters to and approximately his children.

a unprecedented portrait of a fancy, extreme, monumentally gifted guy who engaged the political, ethical, and inventive currents of the 20th century.  

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