William Peter Blatty

William Peter Blatty

Infobox actor


name = William Peter Blatty
birthdate = birth date and age|1928|1|7
birthplace = New York City, New York
academyawards = Best Adapted Screenplay
1973 "The Exorcist"
goldenglobeawards = Best Screenplay
1973 "The Exorcist"
1980 "The Ninth Configuration"
awards = Saturn Award for Best Writing
1973 "The Exorcist"
1980 "The Ninth Configuration"
1990 "The Exorcist III"

William Peter Blatty (born January 7, 1928) is an American writer and filmmaker. He wrote the novel "The Exorcist" (1971) and the subsequent screenplay version for which he won an Academy Award.

Early life

Blatty was born in New York City, the son of Lebanese parents Mary (née Mouakad) and Peter Blatty, a carpenter. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/72/William-Peter-Blatty.html William Peter Blatty Biography (1928-) ] ] His father left home when William was six years old. Raised in relative poverty by his deeply religious Catholic mother, he apparently lived at twenty-eight different addresses during his childhoodFact|date=March 2007. He attended several Catholic and Jesuit schools before finding his "raison d'etre" and attending Georgetown University to study English.

Career

In the mid-1950s, Blatty was a contestant on the quiz show "You Bet Your Life", winning $10,000: [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042171/trivia "You Bet Your Life" (1950) - Trivia ] ] enough money to enable him to devote more time to writing professionally.

In 1960 Blatty published "Which Way to Mecca, Jack?", which dealt humorously with his work at the United States Information Agency in Lebanon. He then published the comic novels "John Goldfarb, Please Come Home" (1963), "I, Billy Shakespeare" (1965) and "Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane" (1966). Though he achieved a modicum of critical success with these books, commercial acceptance was lacking.

It was at this point that Blatty began a fruitful collaboration with director Blake Edwards, writing scripts for comedy films such as "A Shot in the Dark" (1964), "What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?" (1966), "Gunn" (1967), and "Darling Lili" (1970). Without Edwards, Blatty also worked on comedy screenplays as "Bill Blatty", one notable credit being the Danny Kaye film "The Man from the Diner's Club".

Later Blatty resumed novel writing. Allegedly retiring to a remote and rented chalet in woodland off Lake Tahoe, Blatty wrote "The Exorcist", a story about a twelve-year-old girl being possessed by a powerful demon. It would eventually be translated by himself and the director William Friedkin into one of the most famous and controversial mainstream horror movies of all time. According to Blatty, parts of the screenplay were unintentionally written in an apartment with the number 666.

In 1978, Blatty re-hashed "Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane", a story about ex-soldiers in a mental institution during the Vietnam War, as "The Ninth Configuration"; and in 1980 he wrote, directed, and produced a film version. The film, a blend of farce and psychological drama with a religious undercurrent, thoroughly perplexed audiences and was a flop. It has since acquired a rather sizable cult following.

In 1983, he wrote a novel called "Legion", a sequel to "The Exorcist" which later became the basis of the film "The Exorcist III". Blatty originally wanted the movie version to be titled "Legion" but the film producers wanted it to be more closely linked to the original. The first sequel, "" (1977) was disappointing both critically and commercially. Blatty had no involvement in this first sequel and his own follow-up ignored it entirely.

Blatty's autobiography is titled "I'll Tell Them I Remember You". A short critical essay on Blatty's work can be found in S. T. Joshi's book "The Modern Weird Tale" (2001). Essays studying all Blatty's novels can be found in Benjamin Szumskyj's "American Exorcist: Critical Essays on William Peter Blatty" (McFarland, 2008).

Bibliography

Novels

*"Which Way to Mecca, Jack?" (1960)
*"John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!" (1963)
*"Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane" (1966)
*"The Exorcist" (1971)
*"The Ninth Configuration" (1978)
*"Legion" (1983)
*"" (1996)
*"Elsewhere" (2008)

creenplay

*"The Exorcist: Final Draft Screenplay" (1972)

Autobiography

*"I'll Tell Them I Remember You" (1973)

Nonfiction

*"William Peter Blatty on 'The Exorcist': From Novel to Screen" (1974)
*"If There Were Demons Then Perhaps There Were Angels: William Peter Blatty's Own Story of the Exorcist" (1978)

Filmography

creenplays

*"The Man From the Diner's Club" (1963 - co-screenplay)
*"A Shot in the Dark" (1964 - co-screenplay)
*"John Goldfarb, Please Come Home" (1965)
*"Promise Her Anything" (1965)
*"What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?" (1966)
*"Gunn" (1967 - co-screenplay)
*"The Great Bank Robbery" (1969)
*"Darling Lili" (1970 - co-screenplay)
*"The Exorcist" (1973)
*"The Ninth Configuration" (1980)
*"The Exorcist III" (1990)

Director

*"The Ninth Configuration" (1980)
*"The Exorcist III" (1990)

Producer

*"The Exorcist" (1973)
*"The Ninth Configuration" (1980)

ee also

*List of horror fiction authors

References

External links

* [http://www.theninthconfiguration.com TheNinthConfiguration.com - A website dedicated to William Peter Blatty, The Ninth Configuration & Legion]
* [http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/blatty.htm More about Blatty]
* [http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/authors/William_Peter_Blatty.htm Blatty's bibliography ]
*imdb name|id=0087861|name=William Peter Blatty
* [http://www.kruegerbooks.com/books/sig/blatty-william-peter.html Signature of William Peter Blatty ]


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