The letters of Kazan

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

Eloise Ross

Eloise Ross

Eloise Ross is completing a PhD in film studies at La Trobe University. She is a writer and researcher specialising in Hollywood film

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‘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.

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Published in October 2014 no. 365

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