By Elia Kazan
This choice of approximately 300 letters offers us the lifetime of Elia Kazan unfiltered, with the entire ardour, power, and uncooked honesty that made him such a big and bold level director (A Streetcar Named wish, loss of life of a Salesman), movie director (On the Waterfront, East of Eden), novelist, and memoirist.
Elia Kazan’s lifelong choice to be a “sincere, wakeful, training artist” resounds in those letters—fully annotated throughout—in each section of his occupation: his interesting apprenticeship with the recent and dazzling 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 epidermis 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 leading edge and celebrated paintings on Broadway (All My Sons, Cat on a scorching Tin Roof, J.B.) and in Hollywood (Gentleman’s contract, beauty within the Grass, A Face within the Crowd, child Doll) . . . his start as a writer.
Kazan directed almost back-to-back the best American dramas of the era—by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams—and contributed to shaping their destiny productions. right here we see how he collaborated with those and different writers: Clifford Odets, Thornton Wilder, John Steinbeck, and Budd Schulberg between them. The letters supply us a different take hold of 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 sooner than the home Committee on Un-American actions.
those letters list besides the interior lifetime of the artist and the fellow. 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 rare portrait of a fancy, excessive, monumentally proficient guy who engaged the political, ethical, and creative currents of the 20 th century.