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Thank You William Goldman for THE PRINCESS BRIDE

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Jamie Canaves

Contributing Editor

Jamie Canavés is the Tailored Book Recommendations coordinator and Unusual Suspects mystery newsletter writer–in case you’re wondering what you do with a Liberal Arts degree. She’s never met a beach she didn’t like, always says yes to dessert, loves ‘80s nostalgia, all forms of entertainment, and can hold a conversation using only gifs. You can definitely talk books with her on Litsy and Goodreads. Depending on social media’s stability maybe also Twitter and Bluesky.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman cover imageWilliam Goldman was a prolific author, playwright, and screenwriter. He wrote one of my all-time favorite novels and films. He passed away on November 15th, at the age of 87, and as I scrolled through the first articles coming out it struck me that they were praising him for his films—all great of course—but leaving out that he wrote The Princess Bride novel and the screenplay adaptation. Goldman created a story that is a story within a story, magical, fun, creative, unique, delightful, and kind of brilliant considering the amount of people who try to find the unabridged S. Morgenstern version. It’s also a film and novel with some of the most quoted lines in pop culture EVER! In terms of books and adaptations that have had the most impact on me from childhood to now, the award goes to Matilda and The Princess Bride. Both are stories I have visited many times in my life and will continue to. Thank you, William Goldman, for gifting the world with The Princess Bride.