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Ben Hecht

Author Code: ABHT

Born: Feb. 28, 1894 - New York City, New York, USA

Died: Apr. 18, 1964 - New York City, New York, USA

The son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Hecht moved with his family to Racine, Wisconsin where he received his education in a local high school and a brief period at the University of Wisconsin. He then moved to Chicago where he worked as a reporter for the Chicago Journal and the Chicago Daily News. He collaborated with Kenneth Goodman on a number of short plays performed at the Goodman Theatre. During his Chicago years he became friends with the town's literary elite including Carl Sandburg, Theodore Dreiser, Sherwood Anderson and Maxwell Bodenheim, the latter of whom he collaborated with on a few occasions. Following the First World War in 1919, he spent time in Berlin as a foreign correspondent and on his return, published his first novel, Erik Dorn (1921), which drew on his overseas experiences. The book was a sensational success and propelled Hecht onto the literary stage. in 1922, he produced his first full-length play, The Egotist. He was introduced to screenwriting in 1926 and began a phenomenally successful career with such hits as Underworld (1927), for which he won an Academy Award, The Front Page (1931), Scarface (1932), Viva Villa! (1934), Barbary Coast (1935), Gunga Din (1939), Wuthering Heights (1939), It's A Wonderful World (1939), Spellbound(1945), Notorious (1946), A Farewell to Arms (1957) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). Hecht became a Zionist in the 1930's and supported action against the British in Palestine, which resulted in his works being shunned in England. His other works include Fantazius Mallare (1922), Tales of Chicago Streets (1924), Broken Necks (1926), The Great Garbo (1929), A Jew in Love (1931), Actor's Blood (1936), A Book of Miracles (1939), Lily of the Valley (1942), Miracle in the Rain (1943), Letters From Bohemia (1946), A Child of the Century (1954), Winkelberg (1958), Perfidy (1961) and In the Midst of Death (1964).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
ABHT001 Erik Dorn 1921 165 627k eBook Download PDF - 'Erik Dorn' (ABHT001) Find a printed copy of Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht at AbeBooks
ABHT002 Life 1916 4 94k eBook Download PDF - 'Life' (ABHT002) Find a printed copy of Life by Ben Hecht at AbeBooks
ABHT003 A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago
  The Auctioneer's Wife
  To Bert Williams
  Clocks and Owl Cars
  Coeur De Lion and the Soup and Fish
  Confessions
  Coral, Amber and Jade
  The Dagger Venus
  Dapper Pete and the Sucker Play
  Dead Warrior
  Don Quixote and His Last Windmill
  The Exile
  "Fa'n Ta Mig!"
  Fanny
  Fantastic Lollypops
  Fog Patterns
  Grass Figures
  The Great Traveler
  Ill-Humoresque
  The Indestructible Masterpiece
  An Iowa Humoresque
  Jazz Band Impressions
  The Lake
  Letters
  The Little Fop
  The Man from Yesterday
  The Man Hunt
  The Man with a Question
  Meditation in E Minor
  Michigan Avenue
  Mishkin's Minyon
  The Mother
  Mottka
  Mr. Winkelberg
  Mrs. Rodjezke's Last Job
  Mrs. Sardotopolis' Evening off
  Night Diary
  Nirvana
  Notes for a Tragedy
  An Old Audience Speaks
  On a Day Like This
  Ornaments
  Pandora's Box
  The Pig
  Pitzela's Son
  Queen Bess' Feast
  Ripples
  Satraps at Play
  Schopenhauer's Son
  A Self-Made Man
  Sergt. Kuzick's Waterloo
  The Snob
  Sociable Gamblers
  The Soul of Sing Lee
  The Sybarite
  The Tattooer
  Ten-Cent Wedding Rings
  The Thing in the Dark
  Thumbnail Lotharios
  Thumbs Up and Down
  Vagabondia
  The Watch Fixer
  Waterfront Fancies
  The Way Home
  Where the "Blues" Sound
  World Conquerors
1922 150 576k eBook Download PDF - 'A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago' (ABHT003) Find a printed copy of A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago by Ben Hecht at AbeBooks

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