Sweet Smell of Success (Paperback)

Sweet Smell of Success (Paperback)

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This compilation contains the original novella Sweet Smell of Success by fiction and screenplay writer Ernest Lehman (North by Northwest), the basis for the classic 1957 drama starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Susan Harrison. 

Lehman scathingly depicts the dark side of success through the twisted relationship of Sid Wallace, an ambitious publicist, and Harvey Hunsucker, a powerful and vindictive gossip columnist, fashioned after Walter Winchell. As scandals are manufactured and reputations ruined for sport, the story spirals downward toward one last, savage act of revenge. As brutally honest as Nathanael West’s The Day of the Locust, Sweet Smell of Success is one of the most enduring and provocative stories in the literature of show business.

The book also includes other works of fiction by Lehman, including The Comedian, which was made into a scathing live TV drama adapted by Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer for Playhouse 90

  • ASIN : 1585670472
  • Publisher : The Overlook Press (March 31, 2000)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9781585670475
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1585670475
  • Reading age : 18 years and up
  • Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.37 x 0.62 x 7.98 inches

All copies are new.