Oscar-Winning Screenwriter, Biographer, Short-Story Writer and Critic Frederic Raphael Celebrates His 83rd Birthday

As novelist, Oscar-winning screenwriter, biographer, short-story writer and critic Frederic Raphael celebrates his 83rd birthday, Web of Stories is proud to release over 100 insightful recordings recounting his life and work.

London, United Kingdom, September 18, 2014 --(PR.com)-- It was the 1965 movie "Darling" that won Frederic Raphael his Oscar, and two years later he was nominated for another Academy Award for his screenplay for "Two For the Road". He also wrote the screenplay for the 1967 film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd" and later collaborated with director Stanley Kubrick on the screenplay of Kubrick's last ever film, "Eyes Wide Shut".

During his career, Raphael wrote over 20 novels including the critically acclaimed "The Glittering Prizes" in 1976 which was turned into a TV series starring Tom Conti. Other works include several history books, biographies, collections of short stories, essays, translations and the on-going series (six volumes so far) of his notebooks, under the cumulative title "Personal Terms".

In these recordings, Raphael shares childhood memories, including his family's move to England from America, his experience of school and the impact of being bullied at school for being Jewish: "For the rest of my life... I have always held something back in my friendships. Not on purpose, just because I have."

Having won a Major Scholarship to St John's College, Cambridge, he recounts his first few months: "My father had said that I should be careful. Wait for them to come to you, don't push yourself on them. So I waited for them to come and find out how brilliant I was, but of course they knew how brilliant they were and they didn't really need to find out how brilliant I was."

Raphael also recounts his career highlights, which included working with the brilliant and demanding film director Stanley Kubrick. He recalls Kubrick's enthusiastic approval of his initial draft of the screenplay to "Eyes Wide Shut": "Freddie, listen, I've read the pages, okay, and I'm absolutely thrilled... I'm absolutely thrilled. So, will you go on? Put everything in you think of, okay?"

All of these recordings, and countless others, can be watched as short films with fully searchable transcripts. All Web of Stories videos are easy to share with friends and colleagues, and may be embedded into personal blogs and websites.

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