The Princess Bride

by Goldman, William

The Princess Bride is a 1973 novel written by William Goldman. It was originally published in the United States by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. The book combines elements of comedy, adventure, fantasy, romance and fairy tale. It is presented as if it were an abridgment of a work by S. Morgenstern, and Goldman's 'commentary' asides are constant throughout. It was made into a film of the same name in 1987 by Rob Reiner, and an attempt to adapt it into a musical was made by Adam Guettel.

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On Oct 5, 2010, Blue_Moon_Bookshop said:
This is an easy book to recommend. It can be appreciated on several levels. Most simply, it is an action filled romance, set in medieval times, chronicling tribulations a young farm boy who leaves home to make his fortune and so win the love of Buttercup. The plot is full of twists and turns, and while it's entirely suitable for young adults, the book shortly reveals itself as gently crafted sendup of both romance and adventure. Golding's finely crafted prose maintains your interest, and the humorous intent gradually builds. There are numerous great scenes ("For you see, I am also not left-handed" and "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya" come to mind), and the dialog, while uneven, is at time sublime. While this is probably not great literature, and it may not make you a better person, it may very likely provide you with excellent entertainment. The movie adaptation is very well done, but it leaves out much of the subtlety and character development the Golding provides. The Princess Bride is a fun read.

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The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

by Goldman, William

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1973
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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973. First Edition. Fine/Near Fine. First edition, first printing. Signed by William Goldman facing the title page, inscribed to a former owner. Bound in publisher's original grey cloth with spine lettered in red and black. Fine, with a stray ink mark to verso of front free endpaper. In a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with… Read more
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1973
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New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973. First edition of Goldman's classic novel. Octavo, original gray cloth. Boldly signed by William Goldman in a contemporary hand on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Wendell Minor. An exceptional example. Ross MacDonald praised The Princess Bride as "[a] comic adventure romance which… Read more
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The Princess Bride

by Goldman, William

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1973
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First Edition, First Printing with the words "First edition" printed on the copyright page with the correct First Issue point with BCDE. A fabulous copy SIGNED by William Goldman on a laid in signature. This original dustjacket is rich in color and has the publisher's $7.95 printed price present on the front flap. The book is bound in the… Read more
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1973-09-01
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by Goldman, William

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London: Macmillan London Limited, 1975. First U.K. Edition. An affectionate parody of fairy tales, swashbuckling yarns and traditional fantasy clichés framed as a story within a story. Always knowing and full of intended anachronisms, this Ruritanian romance works equally well for adults and children..." (Barron, Fantasy Literature, 4A-117). A beloved book, and basis for Rob Reiner's Oscar-nominated 1987 film… Read more
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The Princess Bride

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New York: Harcourt, Inc, 2007. First edition of the 35th Anniversary edition of this classic. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by William Goldman on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Cover art by Larry Rostant. Ross MacDonald praised The Princess Bride as "[a] comic adventure romance which moves all over the world and dances through history...carried… Read more
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The Princess Bride : S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

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USA: Ballantine Books, 1981. (Ballantine Books #30114; 10th Printing; March/1981; Printed in New York, USA; 283 Pages; ISBN 0-345-30114-5; This printed has new Painted front and back cover art by Norman Green (Differs from 1970's printings); ** Wikipedia notes; The Princess Bride is a 1987 American fantasy adventure comedy film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner, starring Cary Elwes,… Read more
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THE PRINCESS BRIDE

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PRINCESS BRIDE

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Princess Bride

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1973-09
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Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

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The Princess Bride

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