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Helene Hanff (1916–1997)

Autor(a) de 84, Charing Cross Road

29+ Works 10,239 Membros 510 Reviews 85 Favorited

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Obras de Helene Hanff

Associated Works

84 Charing Cross Road [1987 film] (1987) — Original book — 108 cópias
The Library of Helene Hanff (1998) 16 cópias

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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1916-04-15
Data de falecimento
1997-04-09
Local de enterro
Mount Lebanon Cemetery, Glendale, New York, USA
Sexo
female
Nacionalidade
USA
Local de nascimento
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Local de falecimento
New York, New York, USA
Ocupação
publicist
playwright
magazine writer
author
screenwriter
autobiographer
Relacionamentos
Quiller-Couch, Arthur (literary guru)
Pequena biografia
Helene Hanff was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her parents loved the theater and even during the Great Depression managed to find ways to get tickets to shows for the family. She grew up wanting to become a playwright. Her literary career began in 1938, when she won a competition for a fellowship from the Bureau of New Plays and moved to Manhattan. There she became a protégé of Theresa Helburn, a co-producer of the Theater Guild. However, although she wrote 20 plays through the 1940's, none were produced. She later described her struggles in a 1961 memoir, Underfoot in Show Business. She found a new career writing for television when production of the new medium was centered in New York City in the early 1950s. Among the TV dramas she wrote for were The Adventures of Ellery Queen. All the while, she continued to try to get one of her plays produced on Broadway. When the bulk of the TV industry moved to California, Hanff chose to remain in New York. She turned to writing for magazines and eventually to books. Her hugely popular epistolary work 84, Charing Cross Road, first published in 1970, chronicled her 20 years of correspondence with Frank Doel, the chief buyer for Marks & Co., a London bookshop. She became so involved in the lives of the shop's staff that she sent them food parcels during Britain's post-World War II shortages, and shared with them details of her life. A TV adaptation aired in Britain in 1975, a film version was made in 1987 starring Anne Bancroft, and a Broadway play was produced in 1982. Hanff wrote several other works, and put her obsession with Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch to use in a book called Q's Legacy (1985), which served as a prequel to 84 Charing Cross Road and also recounted the aftermath of her book The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street (1973). Other books included Apple of My Eye (1977) and Letter from New York (1992), which reprinted the five-minute talks she gave each month on the BBC's Woman's Hour radio broadcasts between 1978 and 1984. Underfoot in Show Business was adapted as a stage play in 2008 and produced at the Devonshire Theatre in Eastbourne, UK.

Membros

Discussions

1916: Helene Hanff - Resources and General Discussion em Literary Centennials (Fevereiro 2016)

Resenhas

I'm home sick today, and I tucked into bed with it this morning after I put my daughter on the school bus. I read the whole thing in one sitting, and it was a delightful distraction from feeling lousy. A truly charming little book. LOVED IT!
 
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kdegour23 | outras 353 resenhas | May 29, 2024 |
[Review from second reading.] Re-read this after reading Hanff’s wonderful Letter from New York and think I appreciated it more this time around, as I was more familiar with the antiquarian books Hanff was interested in. I’d forgotten how heart-warming and hilarious it was. And, of course, heart-breaking, at the end. The way the boisterous Hanff writes to the staid Doel is a riot and the entire staff’s affection for her (and vice verse) is palpable.
 
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BVBurton | outras 353 resenhas | May 28, 2024 |
A charming little book for book lovers. I go back to this book from time-to-time. This epistolary memoir will leave you wanting more. Highly recommended.
 
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alfonsohuerta | outras 353 resenhas | May 23, 2024 |
I read this first years ago, some time in the 70s or 80s. I've reread it more than once, and the time had come to read it again. It's just as good now as it was in the beginning, maybe even better. It's a perfect little book.
 
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dvoratreis | outras 353 resenhas | May 22, 2024 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
29
Also by
2
Membros
10,239
Popularidade
#2,318
Avaliação
4.2
Resenhas
510
ISBNs
147
Idiomas
14
Favorito
85

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