My Movie Business by John Irving
A Memoir

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from John Irving's In One Person.

John Irving's memoir begins with his account of the distinguished career and medical writings of the novelist's grandfather Dr. Frederick C. Irving, a renowned obstetrician and gynecologist, and includes Mr. Irving's incisive history of abortion politics in the United States. But My Movie Business focuses primarily on the thirteen years John Irving spent adapting his novel The Cider House Rules for the screen--for four different directors.
        
Mr. Irving also writes about the failed effort to make his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, into a movie; about two of the films that were made from his novels (but not from his screenplays), The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire; about his slow progress at shepherding his screenplay of A Son of the Circus into production.
        
Not least, and in addition to its qualities as a memoir--anecdotal, comic, affectionate, and candid--My Movie Business is an insightful essay on the essential differences between writing a novel and writing a screenplay.

The photographs in My Movie Business were taken by Stephen Vaughan, the still photographer on the set of The Cider House Rules--a Miramax production directed by Lasse Hallström, with Michael Caine in the role of Dr. Larch. Concurrently with the November 1999 release of the film, Talk Miramax Books will publish John Irving's screenplay.
 

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John Irving published his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, in 1968. He has been nominated for a National Book Award three times-winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. He also received an O. Henry Award, in 1981, for the short story "Interior Space." In 1992, Mr. Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules-a film with seven Academy Award nominations. In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Last Night in Twisted River is John Irving's twelfth novel.
 
Published December 20, 1999 by Random House. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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But Irving gets so lost in telling stories of every change he made in every draft, of characters lost, of scenes deleted, of motivations corrupted, that he never gets around to telling a story of his own.

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After three of his novels became motion pictures scripted by other writers (The World According to Garp, Hotel New Hampshire and A Prayer for Owen Meany, which was rechristened on screen as Simon Birch), and two of his own screenplays languished unproduced, Irving finally got his chance to adapt ...

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"My Movie Business: A Memoir" is John Irving's account of the 13-year struggle to bring his bestselling "The Cider House Rules" to the screen.

Dec 11 1999 | Read Full Review of My Movie Business: A Memoir

Book Reporter

Four of John Irving's best selling novels have been turned into major motion pictures, three with his involvement and one with his permission.MY MOVIE BUSINESS discusses his experiences during the writing and filming of THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP, HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE and to a greater extent the ...

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"When I feel like being a director," John Irving confesses in his slight but engaging new memoir, My Movie Business, "I write a novel."

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Entertainment Weekly

John Irving's new memoir of the 13 long years he spent struggling to bring his 1985 novel ''The Cider House Rules'' to the screen, My Movie Business, is all business, practically an insert-part-A-into-part-B technical primer for turning novels into movies.

Oct 20 1999 | Read Full Review of My Movie Business: A Memoir

Entertainment Weekly

But in My Movie Business, John Irving's new memoir of the 13 long years he spent struggling to bring his 1985 novel The Cider House Rules to the screen, there's very little fiction, even less self-pity, and no drinking whatsoever.

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