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Old 01-18-2018, 06:03 PM
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The sheer number of great writers in Hem's time is staggering: John Dos Passos, Sherwood Anderson, Billy Faulkner, Edith Wharton, Sinclair Lewis, Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, John Steinbeck -- the list goes on and on, and I'm not even including minor writers like Hart Crane or (the favorite of the rod-and-gun types) Zane Grey. It's hard to imagine even a single writer today -- Philip Roth probably comes closest -- with the stature of even the lesser lights of this time. One could live a very rich life, in terms of literature, never reading anyhtin

Fitzgerald is a particularly interesting comparison to Hem: when Fitzy died in obscurity the 1940s, he was broke and considered himself a failure, whereas Hemingway was at the top of his game, rich, successful, and such a manly man that women threw their panties at him the way that they do (shudder) Tom Jones in Vegas.

But since then, their reputations have gone in opposite directions: Hem is seen as at least partly, or even mostly, a joke; whereas Fitzy is considered among the greatest writers, and many consider The Great Gatsby, which wasn't even in print at the time of Fitzy's death, the greatest American novel of the 20th CenturY (I'd vote for The Grapes of Wrath, but that's a story for another time).

We will probably never see the number of great writers that existed in this country 100 years ago.
They're hiding out in Ireland for tax purposes, and ghost writing for guys like Patterson.
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Old 01-19-2018, 02:55 PM
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Whenever they make a movie out of a book you can be certain the books was popular. I have not been approached by Hollywood for any of my books.
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Whenever they make a movie out of a book you can be certain the books was popular. I have not been approached by Hollywood for any of my books.
They could definitely make a movie of it Frank. They've made decent movies out of less interesting stories than yours. The problem is that if they bill it as "based on a true story", or worse, "based on true events", they'll be a lot of changes from the original story. I've read both "American Sniper" and "Lone Survivor", and both movies had changes made to them that made them less interesting than the original story.
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True that some books can be made into movies. I think Hollywood has all the books they need to make movies from.
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All those characters in your books are real enough but it would be interesting to see who got cast into those roles. Who would play Mister Smarty ?
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All those characters in your books are real enough but it would be interesting to see who got cast into those roles. Who would play Mister Smarty ?
When I was in my 40s people all said that I looked like Paul Newman. Now they say I look like Rodney Dangerfield.
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you always said you don't get no respect (pulls at collar)
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Old 01-23-2018, 01:37 PM
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Any half decent story can be made into a movie. It is a case of good directing. Directors don't get enough credit when there is a successful flick. Last on the list of credits is the book author which gets my arse to no end.
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Back in your 40's ? Maybe they could have lightened Gregory Peck's hair a bit.
They made that dopey movie "Rodanthe" something or other which had as much redeeming value as dog poop. Color up a few of your characters and all the crazy stuff that went on, on the beach, drop in the kids and Joyce factor....hell, I would pay $12 to see it.
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One thing that made "Twenty Years" a success is that when it came out there had not been any striper books for years. It did very well for a small publisher. Now a days there are so many striper books that the market is glutted.

Eastern Tides is a better book but by the time I wrote it striper books were all over, some pretty bad.
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People here know about most of my books. But what is not commonly appreciated, or even noticed, is how many books I have contributed to that were published by others. I have never refused any author who asked me to reflect upon some section he wrote.

I have also endured questioning by authors planning a book who did not say so and kind of skirted around their intensions while seeking information like it was some big secret. For every striper book you see out there that had a publisher, three more were self published; and for every self-published one five manuscripts are yellowing in the garage. A lot of "authors" know bass fishing but can't write. Conversely, a lot of good writers could not catch the clap in a Panama whorehouse.
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While looking for something else, I found this in my hard drive:

Frank,

Every couple of years or so I pull Twenty Years on the Cape out of my library and read it again. I just finished my 5th or 6th reading of the book, and I ended up in tears because of the poignancy of your family story and the loss of a way of life that you symbolized and immortalized.

There's hardly another book that I've read more than once, and certainly no other that has commanded several readings. For me it is a masterpiece and a piece of history that will never be repeated.

I hope all is well with you and your family.

Tight lines,
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That's a great sentiment, Frank. I've gone through twice, but it is definitely on my "read again" list. Especially during the *ary months of winter.
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I major consideration for any compliment is the source. Kib Bramhall for instance. This guy was working for SWS as ad manager the year I started writing for them in 1969. He has fished the oceans of the world, held a striper fly fishing record for a while and presently lives on the Vineyard where they drink Scotch right out of the bottle. He is known all over the Striper Coast and has even published books on surfcasting art. An impri-mater from him is worth a thousand from johnny-grab-that charter skippers.
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