Dimensions: 496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 in
Published: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0544173767
ISBN - 13: 9780544173767
Read from the Book
Introduction to the 30th Anniversary Edition by WILLIAM GOLDMAN Until a couple of weeks ago, this introduction would have been real short: "Why are you buying this book?" is what I would have said. Or more accurately, this edition of this book? Buy the 25th anniversary version, I would have told you. It''s got a long intro by yours truly where I explain a lot about the Morgenstern estate and the horrible legal problems I''ve had with them. That version is still out there and what you are interested in is the same thing that I am interested in-namely, at last, getting Buttercup''s Baby published. I would also have gone on to tell you that there is nothing to report on that front. Same old same old. Well, that was then, as they say. Something new has very much happened. Let me tell you how I first heard of the existence of the Morgenstern Museum. Back we go to 1986, Sheffield, England, and we are shooting the movie of The Princess Bride . It was such a happy time for me, at last Morgenstern coming to life on film. I had written the screenplay for it first over a decade before-but it had never been "picked up," as they say Out There, till then. I ordinarily do not not not like being on movie sets. I once wrote that the best day of your life is your first day on a set and the worst days are all the ones that follow. They are tedious and horrible for several reasons: (1) they are tedious and horrible (but you won''t believe that, I know), and (2) if you are the writer, essentially
Table of Contents
Introduction to The 30th Anniversary Editionvii
Introduction to The 25th Anniversary Editionxxix
The Princess Bride1
Buttercup''s Baby: An Explanation365
Buttercup''s Baby, Chapter One: Fezzik Dies391
From the Publisher
Here William Goldman''s beloved story of Buttercup, Westley, and their fellow adventurers finally receives a beautiful illustrated treatment.
A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts-The Princess Brideis a modern storytelling classic.
As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchman, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she''ll meet Vizzini-the criminal philosopher who''ll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik-the gentle giant; Inigo-the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen-the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup''s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.
About the Author
WILLIAM GOLDMAN has been writing books and movies for more than forty years. He has won two Academy Awards (forButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
andAll the President''s Men
), and three Lifetime Achievement Awards in screenwriting.
PRAISE FOR THE PRINCESS BRIDE "[Goldman''s] swashbuckling fable is nutball funny . . . A ''classic'' medieval melodrama that sounds like all the Saturday serials you ever saw feverishly reworked by the Marx Brothers." --Newsweek
"One of the funniest, most original, and deeply moving novels I have read in a long time." --Los Angeles Times