JOHN GREGORY DUNNE (May 25, 1932 – December 30, 2003) was an American novelist, screenwriter and literary critic.
* 1 Life and career * 2 Books * 3 Screenplays * 4 References * 5 External links
LIFE AND CAREER
Dunne was born in
The young Dunne suffered from a severe stutter and took up writing to
express himself. Eventually he learned to speak normally by observing
others. He attended the Portsmouth Priory School and graduated from
Princeton University in 1954, where he was member of
He started working as a journalist in New York City for Time magazine. He credited the political essayist Noel Parmentel with being his mentor in many ways.
In the late 1950s he met Joan Didion in New York City, where she was an editor at Vogue . In a 2005 interview Didion recalled, "We amused each other and I thought he was smart. He knew a lot of stuff that I didn't know, like politics and history - I had managed to go through school without learning much except a lot of poems." He invited her to travel to Connecticut one weekend in 1963 to visit his family: New England Irish Catholic, with six children. Didion said she "liked the set-up, liked being there, and liked him."
They married on January 30, 1964, at
Mission San Juan Bautista
Dunne and Didion gradually picked up writing work from book publishers and magazines, travelled together on journalism assignments, and established a working pattern that served for the next 40 years. They had a constant advising, consulting and editing collaboration. Critically acclaimed bestselling books followed for each - including for Dunne, The Studio, his non-fiction account of 20th Century Fox .
They also collaborated on a series of screenplays, including The Panic in Needle Park (1971), A Star Is Born (1976), and True Confessions (1981), an adaptation of Dunne's novel of the same name. He wrote a non-fiction book about Hollywood, Monster: Living Off the Big Screen .
As a literary critic and essayist, Dunne was a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books . His essays were collected in two books, Quintana & Friends (1980) and Crooning (1990).
He wrote several novels, among them True Confessions , based loosely
Black Dahlia murder, and Dutch Shea, Jr. . He was the writer
and narrator of the 1990
Dunne and Didion moved to Manhattan. He died there of a heart attack in December 2003. His final novel, Nothing Lost, which was in galleys at the time of his death, was published in 2004.
He was father to
Joan Didion , published The Year of Magical Thinking
(2005), a memoir of the year following his death, during which their
* Delano: The Story of the California Grape Strike. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 1967. ; University of California Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-520-25433-6 * The Studio (1969) * Vegas (1974) * True Confessions, E.P. Dutton , (1977) reprinted 2005 Thunder\'s Mouth Press * Quintana and Friends (1978) * Dutch Shea, Jr. (1982) * The Red White and Blue (1987) * Harp (1989) * Crooning (1990) * Playland (1994) * Monster: Living Off the Big Screen (1997) * Nothing Lost. Alfred A. Knopf. 2004. ; reprint, Random House, Inc., 2005, ISBN 978-1-4000-3501-4 * Regards: The Selected Nonfiction of John Gregory Dunne. Thunder's Mouth Press. 2006. ISBN 978-1-56025-816-2 .
* The Panic in Needle Park (1971) * Play It as It Lays (1972) * A Star Is Born (1976) * True Confessions (1981) * Up Close ">
* ^ Eric Homberger (2 January 2004). "John Gregory Dunne". The Guardian. London. * ^ A B RICHARD SEVERO (1 January 2004). "John Gregory Dunne, Novelist, Screenwriter and Observer of Hollywood, Is Dead at 71". The New York Times. * ^ McNally, Owen (2009-08-26). "Celebrity Author And Hartford Native Dominick Dunne Dies At Age 83". The Hartford Courant. Archived from the original on 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2009-08-26. * ^ Sudyk, Bob (1998-05-24). "Dunne\'s Trials from Hartford to Hollywood to Hadlyme with a Writer Who\'s Known the Peak of Fame and Despair\'s Deepest Trough". The Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2009-08-26. * ^ * ^ A B C "East Side Elegy", Richard Benson interview with Joan Didion, Telegraph Magazine, 2005 * ^ Yardley, Jonathan (22 January 2006). "Jonathan Yardley". The Washington Post.