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When Harry met Sally--
Ephron, Nora.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Knopf, 1990.
Physical Description:
xvii, 97 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"A Borzoi book"--T.p. verso.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Central Library PN1997 .W466 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Rob Reiner's enormously funny and moving When Harry Met Sally ... -- a romantic comedy about the difficult, frustrating, awful, funny search for happiness in an American city, where the primary emotion is unrequited love -- is delighting audiences everywhere. Now, the complete screenplay is published. Written by Nora Ephron -- author of screenplays for Silkwood and Heartburn (from her own best-selling novel) -- When Harry Met as hilarious on the page as it is on the screen. The book includes an introduction by the author.

Author Notes

Nora Ephron was born in Manhattan on May 19, 1941. While attending Wellesley College, she was a summer intern in the Kennedy White House in 1961. After graduating in 1962, she began her career as a journalist with the New York Post, where she remained until 1968. She then focused on magazine journalism and primarily wrote for Esquire and New York. She wrote several books during her lifetime including Heartburn, Wallflower at the Orgy, Crazy Salad: Some Things about Women, Scribble Scribble, I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Reflections on Being a Woman, and I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections. In her later years, she was a blogger for The Huffington Post.

She wrote several screenplays including Silkwood (1983), Heartburn (1986), and When Harry Met Sally (1989). She also wrote and directed several movies including This Is My Life (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), You've Got Mail (1998), Lucky Numbers (2000), Bewitched (2005), and Julie and Julia (2009). She wrote two plays Love, Loss, and What I Wore with her sister and Imaginary Friends. Her title I Remember Nothing made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. She died from pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia on June 26, 2012 at the age of 71.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Moviemakers, not content to realize profits from theatrical releases, cable rights, and video sales, have come up with a way to mine a little extra change from hit movies--publish the scripts in book form. It would seem that someone who enjoyed the movie might go see it again rather than read it word for word. On the other hand, film students can glean a thing or two from perusing a script, though they'd certainly learn more from Citizen Kane than When Harry Met Sally, a modestly witty, sitcomish look at the age-old question of whether men and women can be friends without being lovers. As an added inducement, the publisher offers an introduction by screenwriter Ephron, who traces the chronology of the movie from its inception to her round of visits to the talk shows. She also shares some of her insights about men and women (as well as those of director Rob Reiner). Considering Ephron's track record in affairs of the heart, her advice on this subject probably rates less attention than her techniques for indicating exteriors and interiors. --Ilene Cooper

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