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Encyclopedia > Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
The cover of the 1994 novel
The cover of the 1994 novel, which features the Bird Girl sculpture.
Author John Berendt
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Random House
Released January 1994
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 400 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-679-42922-0

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a book by John Berendt. The book was Berendt's first, and became a The New York Times bestseller for 216 weeks following its debut. Image File history File links Derived from public domain images featured at: http://commons. ... Cover of the 1994 John Berendt novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Cover of the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which made the Bird Girl famous. ... John Berendt is the author of the best-selling non-fiction book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Random House is a publishing division of the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann based in New York City. ... See also: 1993 in literature, other events of 1994, 1995 in literature, list of years in literature. ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... John Berendt is the author of the best-selling non-fiction book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. ... The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ...


The book was subsequently made into a 1997 movie directed by Clint Eastwood based loosely on Berendt's story. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Clint Eastwood (born Clinton Eastwood, Jr. ...

Contents

The Book

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (referred to by locals as, simply, "The Book") is atmospheric and Southern Gothic in tone, depicting a wide range of eccentric Savannah personalities. Southern Gothic is a subgenre of the Gothic writing style, unique to American literature. ...


The action that serves as a catalyst in the book is the murder of Danny Hansford, a local hustler (characterized as "a good time not yet had by all") by respected art dealer Jim Williams, an event that resulted in four murder trials, all documented in the book. Hansford and Williams were linked sexually, but the exact nature of their relationship was unclear. The murder took place in Williams' home, originally built by an ancestor of songwriter and Savannah native Johnny Mercer. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Johnny Mercer John Herndon Johnny Mercer (November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) is regarded as one of Americas greatest songwriters. ...


The book also highlights many other residents of Savannah, most notably The Lady Chablis, a local drag queen and entertainer. Chablis provides both a Greek chorus of sorts as well as a lighthearted contrast to the more serious action. The Lady Chablis The Lady Chablis and John Cusack in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil The Lady Chablis, born Benjamin Edward Knox in 1957, is a full-time transvestite, preoperative transexual, and drag queen. ... In early tragedy, no parts were played by a single actor; because the actor left the stage often to change roles, the chorus was especially dominant. ...


The book's plot is based on real-life events that occurred in the 1980s and is classified as nonfiction. (Booksellers generally feature the title in the "true crime" subsection.) It is among the most popular nonfiction releases of all time. The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ...


The title alludes to the voodoo notion of "midnight"; the period between the time for good magic and the time for evil magic; in "the garden of good and evil," which refers principally to Bonaventure Cemetery. Voodoo (Vodou, Vodoun, Vudu, or Vudun in Benin, Togo, southeastern Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Senegal; also Vodou in Haiti) is a name attributed to a traditionally unwritten West African spiritual system of faith and ritual practices. ... Bonaventure Cemetery, in Savannah, Georgia, is located on the site of a plantation originally owned by John Mullryne, whose daughter Mary married Josias Tatnall, Sr. ...


The famous bird-girl statue, originally designed both as art and as a birdseed holder, was originally located at Bonaventure. A Savannah photographer, Jack Leigh, was commissioned to take a photograph for the cover of the book and created his now famous photograph of the statue. The photograph was widely considered to be a major factor in the success of the novel. The Bird Girl Statue was relocated in 1997 for display in the Telfair Museum in Savannah. Cover of the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which made the Bird Girl famous. ... Jack Leigh, a native of Savannah, Georgia was a photographer and author, best known for the cover photograph on the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. ...


Subjective elements of book

It is important to note that, while the essence of the book is true, and the events did occur, much of the book's text is highly subjective. Berendt himself makes this clear in the Author's Word, which appears at the end of the book.


Berendt actually came to Savannah a year after the crime occurred and met Jim Williams in prison after Williams' first conviction. This is substantially different from the opening half of the text, in which Berendt presents himself as a central character introduced into the story as it happens. The narrative has Berendt depicting himself as present during conversations that he could never have heard. Many of the incidents and people are indeed based in reality, but much of the book has been restructured or fictionalized for effect. you know!!!


Film

The 1997 film, directed by Clint Eastwood, featured Kevin Spacey as Jim Williams and Jude Law as Danny Hansford. He was called Billy Carl Hanson in the movie, so as not to offend members of the Hansford family. The Lady Chablis appeared as herself. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Clint Eastwood (born Clinton Eastwood, Jr. ... Kevin Spacey (born Kevin Spacey Fowler[1] on July 26, 1959) is a two-time Academy Award winning American actor (film and stage) and director. ... David Jude Heyworth Law (born December 29, 1972) is an Academy Award nominated English actor. ... The Lady Chablis The Lady Chablis and John Cusack in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil The Lady Chablis, born Benjamin Edward Knox in 1957, is a full-time transvestite, preoperative transexual, and drag queen. ...


Several changes were made from the book. Many of the more colorful characters were eliminated or made into composite characters. The reporter role, played by John Cusack, was ostensibly based on Berendt. However, while Berendt was gay, Cusack's character was heterosexual, and was given a love interest not featured in the book, a role played by Eastwood's daughter Alison Eastwood. The multiple Williams trials were combined into one on-screen trial. John Paul Cusack (born June 28, 1966) is an American film actor and writer, born in Evanston, Illinois to a liberal Irish-Catholic family. ... Alison Eastwood Alison Eastwood (born on 22nd May 1972) is as of 2004 a model, fashion designer and Hollywood actress. ...


Reviews of the film were generally mixed, with praise for Spacey's likeness to Williams and the inclusion of Chablis. The film's box office performance was ultimately disappointing. Fans of the book were generally disappointed in the film, particularly the aforementioned differences. The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ...


Advertising for the film became a source of controversy when Warner Bros. used elements of Jack Leigh's famous photograph in its posters for the movie without his permission. They later settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. Warner Bros. ...


See also

Cover of The City of Falling Angels The City of Falling Angels, by author John Berendt, most famous for his book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, tells the story of the inhabitants of Venice, Italy and the fire that destroyed the historic Fenice Theater opera house. ...

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OU'D HAVE TO be a complete wet blanket not to have a good time reading John Berendt's "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." Berendt, who had edited and written for magazines in New York for 20 years, moved to Savannah, Ga., charmed by the isolated eccentricity of the place.
Eastwood's "Garden" is one scrubby, sorry-ass patch of land, denuded of beauty and largely untended.
I can't say that "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" is the most incompetent major studio film of the past few years (that would be "The Fugitive"), but you can't blame it for not trying.
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Midnight in the garden of good and evil statue, originally titled 'Bird Girl' was created by Sylvia Shaw Judson in 1938 and is now available for sale in (3) sizes.
This captivating statue 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' is available in three sizes and suitable for indoor display or as a unique feature in your garden.
The movie, 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' most of which was shot Savannah, Georgia, is based on the best-selling novel by the same name which was written by John Berendt.
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