Scott Smith (author)

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Scott Smith

Scott Bechtel Smith (born July 13, 1965) is an American author and screenwriter, who has published two novels, A Simple Plan and The Ruins. His screen adaptation of A Simple Plan earned him an Academy Award nomination. The screenplay won a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and a National Board of Review Award.

Smith was born in Summit, New Jersey in 1965 and moved to Toledo, Ohio as a child.[1] After studying at Dartmouth College and graduating from Columbia University, he took up writing full-time.

His second novel, The Ruins, was also adapted into a film, released on April 4, 2008. Stephen King called it "[t]he best horror novel of the new century." King had also called A Simple Plan "simply the best suspense novel of the year."

Early life[edit]

Smith is the son of Linda and Doug Smith. He told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reviewer Regis Behe that, as a child, he read his father's "castoffs," the novels of Clive Cussler and Jack Higgins. "Growing up, I also read Ray Bradbury and Stephen King," he said. "I just had a sense of how to create these places that aren't real world places, but just with this provisional attachment to the real world. It is very much of your imagination, and I felt very much I could do that."[2]

Bibliography[edit]

Translations[edit]

  • Slovak (by Katarína Jusková): Ruiny. - Bratislava : Ikar 2006. ISBN 978-80-551-1369-2
  • Sweden by Olov Hyllienmark "Ruinerna"
  • Denmark by Henrik Enemark Sørensen

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prince, Tom. "Brief Lives: Making a Killing," New York, August 30, 1993, p. 48. Accessed February 20, 2011.
  2. ^ Behe, Regis (July 23, 2006). "Author Infuses The Ruins with Social Commentary". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh: Tribune-Review Publishing Company). 

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