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(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Although primarily a playwright and author of librettos for several musicals, Arthur Laurents has also written for both radio and the movies. Shortly after his first Broadway success, he began writing screenplays as well, producing eight over the next thirty years: The Snake Pit (1948, with Frank Partos and Millen Brand), Rope (1948, with Hume Cronyn), Caught (1949), Anna Lucasta (1949, with Philip Yordan), Anastasia (1956), Bonjour Tristesse (1958), The Way We Were (1973), and The Turning Point (1977). Because of their wide popularity with moviegoers, Laurents wrote novelizations of both The Way We Were and The Turning Point. His foray into work for television came in 1967, with the script for The Light Fantastic: How to Tell Your Past, Present, and Future Through Social Dancing. In 2000, Laurents published Original Story By: A Memoir of Broadway and Hollywood.