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Nora Ephron (1941 to 2012): A Writer with a Distinctive Voice  

Nora Ephron’s mother said, “All suffering could be reconfigured into a funny story. Takes notes!” Nora did just that. She fell in love with writing, and there was hardly a topic she didn’t tackle. She was best known for her screenwriting, but she was also a fine journalist, novelist, playwright, and essayist. We will read a few of her humorous essays, but primarily focus on her screenwriting. We will study Silkwood and When Harry Met Sally (now considered a cultural landmark) or You’ve Got Mail. Both comedies were based on movies from the 40s, which is not surprising because Ephron’s parents were a successful playwriting duo in the 40s.We will take a peek at their glitzy life as well.

 

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