A fabulous essay on The Princess Bride that I highly recommend. As usual with reblogs, please click through to the original.

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‘As a writer,’ said William Goldman, ‘the only book I really like is The Princess Bride.’[i]

Goldman’s original take on the classical fairy tale was first published in 1973. It was his eighth novel, although despite beginning his career as an author he had already made significant head-roads into writing for American cinema. Goldman’s first produced screenplay, Masquerade, was released in 1965. His third, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) won him an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.

The Princess Bride tells the story of Princess Buttercup, her one true love Westley the farmboy, and the evil Prince Humperdinck who comes between them. The book features pirates, monsters, swordsmen, death, resurrection, and true love overcoming all obstacles in the hunt for a happy ending. Its origins lay, as I suspect many children’s stories do, in stories Goldman told his own children. ‘I had two little daughters,’…

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