Wednesday, April 19, 2006

He wrote The Graduate, but he's got no dough

This story is incredible:
Novelist Charles Webb, 66, and his partner have only days to pay two months' overdue rent, totalling nearly £1,600, on their flat in Hove.

Mr Webb wrote the book on which the 1967 movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft was based.

The Californian author accepted a one-off payment of £14,000 for the novel, while the film made £60m.

Mr Webb, who based The Graduate on his relationship with his partner Fred, has spent five years caring for her after she suffered a nervous breakdown.

He is still writing but has not had anything published for some time.
There are many lessons to glean from this sad, sad tale, but the two majors ones are:

1. One-off payments are a very bad idea.

2. Never marry people who have nervous breakdowns, especially if you're a writer. You're the one supposed to be having the breakdowns.

Dustin Hoffman should send the £1,600 to the guy, pronto. I mean, who would Hoffman be today without him?


Blogger jungle navigator said...

Couldn't agree with you more! and it's not like he can't afford it...

poor guy....(both literally and metaphorically, it would seem)

3:07 PM  
Anonymous donia poo poo said...

This is the saddest story I have heard in a long time :( Please post something to counter it next post.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

came across your post/blog whilst doing some background on author Charles Webb, I live in Hove and was shocked to find that this great writer of modern times, and still living, was in such a predicament. Such so that there has been much tried in finding alternative accomodation for Charles and Fred. A local community worker has made efforts to email a request for suitable accom as Fred needs much quiet and rest. Charles has spent the past 5 years caring for Fred (an artist), her breakdown should not be joked about! she has collaborated on the sequel to the graduate, but it has been a story in limbo( see times online for segment of text)due to contract and copyright of characters held by canal+, a french production company. The release may not be for some time , although a loophole in french law may actually allow Webb to retain total copyright of material.. I have read the segment of text, it reads well.

2:04 PM  

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