Horton Foote Analysis

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(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Horton Foote’s best-known works are the screenplays for such successful films as To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Tender Mercies (1983), and The Trip to Bountiful (1985). Beginning in the early fifties, he also wrote numerous scripts for various television programs. His novel The Chase came out in 1956. In 1999, he published Farewell: A Memoir of a Texas Childhood, which was followed in 2001 by a sequel, Beginnings: A Memoir.


(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Along with the Academy Awards he received for his screenplays of To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies, Horton Foote won a Pulitzer Prize for his play The Young Man from Atlanta (1995). He was also nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay of The Trip to Bountiful and received an Emmy in 1997 for his adaptation of the William Faulkner story Old Man. His work has received numerous other awards, and in 1996, Foote was named to the Theater Hall of Fame.


(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Bianculli, David. Dictionary of Teleliteracy. New York: Continuum, 1996. Entries on Television Playhouse, Playhouse 90, and other golden-age anthologies.

Briley, Rebecca. You Can Go Home Again: The Focus on Family in the Works of Horton Foote. New York: Peter Lang, 1993. Based on Briley’s 1990 doctoral dissertation from the University of Kentucky, this study provides useful information about the importance of family in Foote’s plays. However, Briley was not able to obtain access to some important resources that are now available, and her work, though helpful, suffers somewhat from excessive reiteration of her thesis.

Hampton, Wilborn. Horton Foote: America’s Storyteller. New York: Free Press, 2009. As a friend of Foote and a New York Times theater critic, Hampton is able to shed light onto Foote’s life, from his beginnings in a small Texas town, to his success as a Broadway playwright. This book chroniclers his career through its highs and lows, and discusses prevalent themes in his works, such as race, wealth, and oppression.

Katz, Ephraim. The Film Encyclopedia. 3d ed. New York: HarperPerennial, 1998. Contains an entry on Foote’s movie career, with a complete listing of films.

Monaco, James, et al. The Movie Guide: A Comprehensive...

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