Saturday, March 07, 2009

Horton Heard a Muse

After last year's popular screening of the movie To Kill A Mockingbird at the Alabama Theater, it's fitting that the Birmingham Public Library should honor Horton Foote, who just last week, left this world at the ripe old age of 92.

Mr. Foote wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for To Kill a Mockingbird. He also created dozens of other plays and screenplays, garnering countless awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize for The Young Man from Texas.

As a man from Texas, born deep in the heart of the Gulf Coast region in 1916, Foote wrote almost exclusively about the town of his birth, Wharton, which he fictionalized as Harrison. Just days before his death, he was still working on his art. His nine-play cycle titled, Orphans’ Home Cycle, will be produced off-Broadway next season. Some theater critics claim his most recent work to be his best yet.

The Birmingham Public Library is celebrating the life of this great man of letters by offering books by Horton Foote and those about him.

Come in and check out these works and enjoy the vision and the beauty of this brilliant, American bard.

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