writing

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Outtakes: Pulitzer Prize Night

Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in the spring of 1937 for Gone With the Wind, to the dismay of some critics and the delight of others. Mitchell received news of the prize by phone, along with multiple requests for interviews. Hating publicity, she fled to a gospel concert at a small black church in […]

Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Interview with Margaret Mitchell from 1936

Margaret Mitchell discusses the ways in which she conducted research to retain historical accuracy in her novel Gone With the Wind in this transcription of a radio interview from 1936 for WSB in Atlanta, Georgia.

Harper Lee: American Masters

Outtakes: Richard Russo

Novelist Richard Russo describes how he reluctantly read To Kill a Mockingbird as a student in Catholic school. Russo explains how the relationships described in the book influenced him as a writer and provided inspiration for his own characters in his Pulitzer prize-winning novel, Empire Falls. Harper Lee: Hey Boo airs Monday April 2nd at […]

Woody Allen: A Documentary

Woody Allen vs Manhattan

After critical success of Manhattan, Woody’s emotions about his celebrated film are conflicted. Woody Allen: A Documentary premieres nationally Sunday, November 20 from 9-11 p.m. and Monday, November 21 from 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) as part of the 25th anniversary season of American Masters.

Woody Allen: A Documentary

Woody Allen at Tamiment

Woody Allen describes how he cut his teeth writing comedy sketches at the Tamiment, a Poconos resort. Woody Allen: A Documentary premiered in 2011 as part of the 25th anniversary season of American Masters.

Woody Allen: A Documentary

About the Film

Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen allowed his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time. With this unprecedented access, Emmy®-winning, Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Robert Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography. Woody Allen: A Documentary premieres […]

John Muir in the New World

Timeline of John Muir’s Life

This chronology of Muir’s life plots a history of his travels, career in writing, conservation efforts, and political victories for the National Parks. See many of these moments reenacted in John Muir in the New World airing Monday, April 18 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Earth Day (4/22) and John Muir Day (4/21).