Lincoln: The Screenplay


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5.4 X 0.5 X 8.5 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Tony Kushner's plays include Angels in America; Hydriotaphia, or the Death of Dr. Brown; The Illusion, adapted from the play by Pierre Corneille; Slavs!; A Bright Room Called Day; Homebody/Kabul; Caroline, or Change, a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori; and The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols's film of Angels in America and for Steven Spielberg's Munich and Lincoln. His books include The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present; Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; and Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon.
Among many honors, Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.


"Rousing, provocative and utterly relevant. Lincoln the man and Lincoln the movie serve to remind us that democracy and the leadership it demands aren't always pretty. But they can be beautiful." -Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"Hollywood's most successful director turns on a dime and delivers his most restrained, interior film. A celebrated playwright shines an illuminating light on no more than a sliver of a great man's life. A brilliant actor surpasses even himself and makes us see a celebrated figure in ways we hadn't anticipated. This is the power and surprise of Lincoln." -Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is a work of sufficient richness to instantly invite repeat viewings...Kushner's script is more than just elegant in its compression and exposition. It is steeped in the traditions of a political dramaturgy that were familiar to Shakespeare and Schiller but that have not often been practiced in American historical films." -Geoffrey O'Brien, New York Review of Books

"Spielberg and Kushner marched straight down the center of national memory, the moment of glory and anguish, and they got it right...Kushner realized that nineteenth century politics were essentially theatrical. He elevated the back-and-forth interplay of meetings and debate into eloquence, tirade, insult, Kushner's version, the range of speech is almost Shakespearean." -David Denby, New Yorker

"Catnip for political junkies, Lincoln might be called 'Our Better Angels in America.' What more auspicious time to release a film about the president who served during the Civil War than these insecure, battle-weary times of ours?" -James Verniere, Boston Herald

"Better than any other, the movie captures President Lincoln's awkward, shuffling, distinctly democratic greatness. The low in him that caused sophisticates to sneer. The high in him shaped by Shakespeare and Euclid. The humanity, frailty and aching introspection. The shrewdness, decisiveness and ferocious will. It is the democratic faith that exceptional leaders can be found among common folk." -Michael Gerson, Washington Post

"Perfectly calibrated screenplay...Kushner finds an artful way to weave in the texts of the Gettysburg Address and the 13th Amendment, as well as a creative way to present Lincoln's assassination." -Claudia Puig, USA Today

"One of the shrewdest things Kushner has ever written...Throughout Lincoln, Kushner's skill in illuminating the margins of great events is on display." -Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune