The Oliver Stone Encyclopedia
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James M. Welsh is co-editor of The Literature/Film Reader (Scarecrow, 2007) and The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia (Scarecrow, 2010).
Donald M. Whaley, retired, directed the American Studies program at Salisbury University (Maryland) and was guest editor of the Vietnam War issue of Literature/Film Quarterly.
Oliver Stone has written and directed many memorable films while also developing a reputation for tackling controversial subjects, such as the Turkish prison system (Midnight Express), the Vietnam war (Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July), insider trading (Wall Street), presidential assassination (JFK), and a voyeuristic media (Natural Born Killers). Along the way, Stone has been nominated for more than 10 Academy Awards and three times received Oscars for his work.
In The Oliver StoneEncyclopedia, James M. Welsh and Donald M. Whaley provide an overarching evaluation of Stone's work as screenwriter, producer, and director. While the entries in this volume address all of the usual aspects of Stone’s career, they also explore new avenues of critical evaluation, especially influences such as Friedrich Nietzsche and Buddhism, which Stone converted to in the 1990s. In addition, this volume traces Stone’s obsession with Latin American politics, evident in his film Salvador (1986), his screenplay for Alan Parker’s Evita (1996), and the documentaries Commandante (2003), Looking for Fidel (2004), and South of the Border (2010).
Each entry is followed by a bibliography of published sources, both in print and online. A comprehensive and engaging examination of the director, The Oliver Stone Encyclopedia will appeal to scholars and fans alike as the most comprehensive reference on this director's body of work.
; November 2012
352 pages; ISBN 9780810883536Read online
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Title: The Oliver Stone Encyclopedia
Author: James M. Welsh; Donald M. Whaley
Introduction Part I: Reading the Stone “Mosaic” (James M. Welsh and Donald M. Whaley)
Introduction Part II: The Sixties Adventurer (Donald M. Whaley)
Appendix A: “JFK and the Critics” (by Tom Prasch)
Appendix B: Interviews
Platoon and Salvador: Oliver Stone, Dale Dye, Charlie Sheen
Heaven & Earth: Oliver Stone, Le Ly Hayslip, HiepThi Le, and Tommy Lee Jones
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The A-Z entries are enjoyable, not a word I usually use for an encyclopedia. Going back to the print versus online encyclopedia arguments, this encyclopedia has the true 'browsing' quality which the directness of the online encyclopedia lacks, and probably, will forever lack. Not only do the A-Z entries include all of the films, producers, actors, personalities, etc., but there are entries for notable films that Stone has influenced (doubtless there are many others). ... There are numerous black and white illustrations in this book which is laid out well with a good size and clear type font. . . . there are two enjoyable appendices. . . . The book ends with a selected bibliography, and an extremely thorough index. ... I found this book thoroughly enjoyable. I could talk forever about it – there are so many gems in the A-Z entries. There is a point in the introduction where the author-editors refer to themselves in writing the book as 'we have struggled through this book'. I can think of quite a number of works where it may well have been a struggle for the author, but where the reading is a struggle for the reader. This is, happily, not one of those works; it is thorough but perfectly readable and a work that strongly deserves a wide readership. I would have no hesitation in placing it among film books in a public library as well as recommending it for students of the cinema and film studies courses at university and college. It really is a great read.