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William Peter Blatty

American writer and filmmaker

1928   -   2017

country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Georgetown University, George Washington University
occupation: film director, screenwriter, novelist, writer, prosaist, film producer
award received: Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

William Peter Blatty (January 7, 1928 – January 12, 2017) was an American writer and filmmaker best known for his 1971 novel The Exorcist and for the Academy Award-winning screenplay of its film adaptation. He also wrote and directed the sequel The Exorcist III. After the success of The Exorcist, Blatty reworked Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane! (1960) into a new novel titled The Ninth Configuration, published in 1978. Two years later, Blatty adapted the novel into a film of the same title and won Best Screenplay at the 38th Golden Globe Awards. Some of his other notable works are the novels Elsewhere (2009), Dimiter (2010) and Crazy (2010). Born and raised in New York City, Blatty received his bachelor's degree in English from Georgetown University in 1950, and his master's degree in English literature from the George Washington University. Following completion of his master's degree in 1954, he joined the United States Air Force, where he worked in the Psychological Warfare Division. After service in the air force, he worked for the United States Information Agency in Beirut.
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works

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The Exorcist

novel by William Peter Blatty

author: William Peter Blatty

1971

Crazy

novel by William Peter Blatty

author: William Peter Blatty

2010

Dimiter

novel by William Peter Blatty

author: William Peter Blatty

2010

Elsewhere

novel by William Peter Blatty

author: William Peter Blatty

2009

Legion

book by William Peter Blatty

author: William Peter Blatty

1983

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!

comic novel by William Peter Blatty

author: William Peter Blatty

1963

Legion

author: William Peter Blatty

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