2015年1月29日 星期四

John Eleuthère du Pont, Roald Dahl



游常山.......今年,約翰杜邦過世第五年,他個人的悲劇終於拍成好萊塢電影, 這是在杜邦家族傷口撒鹽,不過,反正,2010年,兇手約翰杜邦也軟禁到72歲過世了,他出生於1938年,算來是我大伯父的年紀,他們都走了.
誰來演呢?你再也想不到,演出【王牌天神】第二集和【小太陽的心願】那個諧星, 史蒂夫卡爾演出約翰. 杜邦.
演技精湛傳神,今年提名奧斯卡影帝,只是呼聲不如【鳥人】麥可基頓高。
世界第一大化學廠,美國杜邦家族的幼子, 約翰杜邦, 當著自己司機和死者遺孀的面,槍殺他一手培植贊助的奧運摔角冠軍,連開兩槍,當場讓冠軍斃命.
變態的鉅富的老四,億萬財產的繼承人何以這樣變態?他結過婚,十個月就離婚,下堂妻也說這人拿槍恐嚇要殺她
John Eleuthère du Pont (November 22, 1938 – December 9, 2010) was an heir to theDu Pont family fortune and a convicted murderer.[1][2] He was an ornithologist (publishing several books on birds), conchologistphilatelistcoach, and sports enthusiast. As aphilanthropist, he founded and directed the Delaware Museum of Natural History, which opened in 1972. He also contributed to Villanova University and other institutions.
In the 1980s, he established a wrestling facility at his Foxcatcher Farm after becoming interested in the sport and the pentathlon events. He became a prominent supporter foramateur sports in the United States and a sponsor for USA Wrestling. In the 1990s, friends and acquaintances were concerned about his erratic and paranoid behavior, but his wealth shielded him.[3] In 1997, he was convicted of the murder in the third degree of his friend Dave Schultz, an Olympic champion freestyle wrestler. He was ruled to have been mentally ill but not insane and was sentenced to prison, where he died in 2010.
Du Pont is the subject of the 2014 film Foxcatcher, in which he is portrayed by Steve Carell. Carell's performance was met with acclaim, including a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor.[4][5]



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Roald Dahl Museum Captures Writers Wit

The British author Roald Dahl can easily be named one of the world's greatest children storytellers of all time. Some of his books ? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach ? are approaching a half-century in age but still have a universal appeal, selling more than a million copies a year in the United Kingdom alone and translated into 34 languages. That's quite unusual for an author who's been deceased for nearly two decades. Arts on the Air, visited the author's hometown in Great Missenden, England to check out the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre which houses the complete collection of his works and keeps his personal story alive. (Reporter Alison Hawkes)



Roald Dahl letter warning student to 'eschew beastly adjectives' rediscovered after 35 years

The letter, written in 1980, was recently discovered by journalist Jay Williams – who was surprised by the overwhelming response it received on Twitter




Roald Dahl may be best known for writing children’s stories, but when it came to adults he didn’t mince his words.
When aspiring writer Jay Williams sent the author a letter in 1980 asking for feedback on a short story he had written for an A-Level project, he never expected to get a response – let alone such a blunt one.
To his surprise, Dahl took the time to write a write to him, warning the 17-year-old to stop using so many “beastly adjectives”, and advising him to study “American short story writers”. 
A letter dated 1980 that Roald Dahl sent to A-level student Jay WilliamsA letter dated 1980 that Roald Dahl sent to A-level student Jay WilliamsIn the signed letter, the author wrote: “I have read your story. I don’t think it’s bad, but you must stop using too many adjectives. Study Hemingway, particularly his early work and learn how to write short sentences and how to eschew all those beastly adjectives.
“Surely it is better to say ‘She was a tall girl with a bosom’ than ‘She was a tall girl with a shapely, prominent bosom’, or some such rubbish. The first one says it all. Yours sincerely, Roald Dahl.”
Williams, who has worked in journalism for 30 years, was taken aback when he first received the letter but says the advice has stood him in good stead.
“With the callowness and arrogance of youth, I was expecting him to say ‘wow this is amazing’…but it obviously sank in because that thing of keeping it tight really rang true as a young journalist and it has been a worthwhile lesson that I obviously learnt early on,” he said.

Williams, who now works for PR company 72Point, rediscovered the letter recently in a box of old correspondence from his Mum, and posted a picture of it on Twitter.
The letter received an overwhelming response, gaining over 1,000 retweets and favourites in a few days thanks to a retweet from the Roald Dahl Literary Estate's Twitter account.
Rachel White, collections manager and archivist at the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, said the letter is written in Dahl’s “trademark acerbic tone”.
“It’s a very typical letter from him – he was to the point and could be very sharp," she said.
"He did receive a lot of letters from people asking for advice, and as he got older his replies were slightly more crabby. It contrasts quite a lot to his letters to children, which were lovely and kind. They would start ‘hello gorgeous Ida and all the children in her class’.”
The letter will be included in a forthcoming book about Dahl’s letters, to be published next year.
For more writing tips from Roald Dahl in his own words, visit the official website www.roalddahl.com.
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