The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan edited by Albert J. Devlin with Marlene J. Devlin

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October 2014, no. 365
The letters of Kazan

The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan

edited by Albert J. Devlin with Marlene J. Devlin

Knopf, US$40 hb, 649 pp, 9780307267160

The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan edited by Albert J. Devlin with Marlene J. Devlin

Reviewed by
October 2014, no. 365

‘I get awful intense about these movies I do. I become, in fact, obsessed with them.’ So Elia Kazan (1909–2003) wrote to his daughter in 1957. A workaholic, Kazan was both extremely self-assured and plagued by self-doubt, terrified he would produce mediocrity. He rarely did. As a stage and screen director he achieved remarkable success. Kazan was an egotist, and the confidence he exhibited publicly, and in these letters, is at once impressive and repugnant.

The letters of Kazan

The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan

edited by Albert J. Devlin with Marlene J. Devlin

Knopf, US$40 hb, 649 pp, 9780307267160

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