Page extent: 266
ISBN: 9781786820433
Binding: HardBack

Speak Well of Me: The Authorized Biography of Ronald Harwood

W. Sydney Robinson

HardBack (31 May 2017)

Sir Ronald Harwood is one of the foremost playwrights and screenplay writers alive today. He is most noted for his plays for the British stage as well as the screenplays for The Dresser (for which he was nominated for an Oscar) and The Pianist, for which he won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007).

This book is aimed not only at lovers of cinema and theatre, but also readers who are interested in the human struggle of a man who has overcome great obstacles to achieve success in his chosen field. It will explore some of the moral dilemmas which Sir Ronald has faced in his own lifetime, from the guilt of having accepted the apartheid system while growing up in South Africa to his decision to collaborate on two occasions with the controversial film director Roman Polanski.

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ISBN13 9781786820433
Binding HardBack
Page Extent 266


'Why has W Sydney Robinson plucked so pleading a line from Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser and made it the title of this engaging biography? There may be a few people who would like to boil the dramatist in printer’s ink — uppity directors, for instance, especially those he recently attacked for casting women in male roles — but most people who know the man or his work already speak well of him... There are plenty of anecdotes here too, as there are bound to be when people as various as Polanski and Priestley, Franco Zeffirelli and a “hateful” Previn enter the narrative... The writer who emerges from Robinson’s biography is profoundly serious — but the man is often fun.' Benedict Nightingale, The Times