Remembering Horton Foote


Gregory Peck and Brock Peters in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” 1962.

“I believe very deeply in the human spirit

and I have a sense of awe about it because

I don’t know how people carry on.”

I’ve known people that the world has thrown everything at

to discourage them, to kill them, to break their spirit.

And yet something about them retains a dignity.

They face life and they don’t ask quarters.”

~Horton Foote


Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint, “The Trip to Bountiful.” Goodyear TV Playhouse 1953.

Horton Foote, who chronicled a wistful American odyssey through the 20th century in plays and films mostly set in a small town in Texas and who left a literary legacy as one of the country’s foremost storytellers, died on Wednesday. He was 92.

In a body of work for which he won the Pulitzer Prize and two Academy Awards, Mr. Foote was known as a writer’s writer, an author who never abandoned his vision even when Broadway and Hollywood temporarily turned their backs on him.

He had a remarkable facility with understatement–an ability to present huge matters of life with sparse dialogue and the quiet of places at the edges of celebration and tragedy. He was one of the greats, a truly noble and heroic man who will be missed.


New York Times



~ by eaesthete on 03/05/09.

One Response to “Remembering Horton Foote”

  1. This man always struck me as being as gentle and as simple as his prose. Beautiful quote on his belief in the human spirit. What a loss.

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