4

R.I.P, Horton Foote

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Horton Foote, the celebrated playwright who wrote a cycle of prominent plays about life in a fictionalized version of his hometown of Wharton, has died.

The small town 50 miles southwest of Houston was fictionalized as Harrison in several Foote plays, such as 1918, later made into an underrated Matthew Broderick film.

Foote, 92, won a Pulitzer for The Young Man From Atlanta; he also was nominated for Academy Awards for his screenplays for To Kill A Mockingbird, The Trip to Bountiful and Tender Mercies. (He won for Mockingbird.)

Frank Rich, once the feared drama critic for The New York Times, said Foote's work had "a subtlety that suggests a collaboration between Faulkner and Chekhov."

Which is pretty good for a kid from Wharton.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.