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Horton Foote was born in Wharton, Texas, in 1916. He is the author of Farewell: A Memoir of a Texas Childhood. He has written and adapted over fifty plays and screenplays, including The Trip to Bountiful, The Young Man from Atlanta, Tender Mercies, and To Kill a Mockingbird. In 1996 he was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame, and in 1998 to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, from which he received the Gold Medal for Drama for his life's work. Foote has been awarded two Oscars; a Pulitzer Prize; the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for Drama; the New York State Govenor's Award, presented by Governor George Pataki; and from President Bill Clinton, the National Medal of Arts.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Foote, Horton, Dramatists, American 20th century Biography, Screenwriters United States Biography