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Book Title: Two Prospectors: The Letters of Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark|
The author of the book: Sam Shepard
ISBN 13: 9780292735828
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 619 KB
Edition: University of Texas Press
Date of issue: October 15th 2013
Read full description of the books Two Prospectors: The Letters of Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark:Sam Shepard is arguably America s finest working dramatist, as well as an accomplished screenwriter, actor, and director. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize, he has written more than forty-five plays, including True West, Fool for Love, and Buried Child. Shepard has also appeared in more than fifty films, beginning with Terrence Malick s Days of Heaven, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in The Right Stuff. Despite the publicity his work and life have attracted, however, Shepard remains a strongly private man who has said many times that he will never write a memoir. But he has written intensively about his inner life and creative work to his former father-in-law and housemate, Johnny Dark, who has been Shepard s closest friend, surrogate brother (they re nearly the same age), and even artistic muse for forty-five years and counting.
Two Prospectors gathers nearly forty years of correspondence and transcribed conversations between Shepard and Dark. In these gripping, sometimes gut-wrenching letters, the men open themselves to each other with amazing honesty. Shepard s letters give us the deepest look we may ever get into his personal philosophy and creative process, while in Dark s letters we discover insights into Shepard s character that only an intimate friend could provide. The writers also reflect on the books and authors that stimulate their thinking, their relationships with women (including Shepard s anguished decision to leave his wife and son Dark s stepdaughter and grandson for actress Jessica Lange), personal struggles, and accumulating years. Illustrated with Dark s candid, revealing photographs of Shepard and their mutual family across many years, as well as facsimiles of numerous letters, Two Prospectors is a compelling portrait of a complex friendship that has anchored both lives for decades, a friendship also poignantly captured in Treva Wurmfeld s film, Shepard & Dark.
Read information about the authorSam Shepard is an American artist who worked as an award-winning playwright, writer and actor. His many written works are known for being frank and often absurd, as well as for having an authentic sense of the style and sensibility of the gritty modern American west. He is an actor of the stage and motion pictures; a director of stage and film; author of several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs; and a musician.
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