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Steve Tesich is best known as a screenwriter because of the critical and popular success of his first screenplay, Breaking Away (1979). He had five screenplays produced in the 1980’s, the most successful of which was The World According to Garp (1982), an adaptation of John Irving’s novel. Tesich also published the novel Summer Crossing (1982), a coming-of-age story set in East Chicago, Indiana. Both the screenplays and the novel draw heavily on his own experiences and have been praised for their intriguing characters.