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The Princess Bride

This is the slipcase cover of the deluxe first edition of The Princess Bride. The regular hardcover version had the same image and colors, except for the brown border which is the fabric that surrounds the cardboard of the case. The first edition features red text for the abridgement notes, as does the first mass-market paperback edition (Ballantine, 1974); later paperbacks used italics instead, with the sentence "All abridging remarks and other comments will be in red so you'll know" correspondingly altered.
Author William Goldman
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Fantasy novel
Publisher Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (USA)
Publication date 1973
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 493 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-345-41826-3

The Princess Bride is a 1973 novel written by William Goldman. It was originally published in the United States by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. It combines elements of comedy, adventure, romance and fairy tale tropes. It was made into a feature film in 1987 by Rob Reiner, and an attempt to adapt it into a musical was made by Adam Guettel. Princess Bride may refer to: The Princess Bride, a book by William Goldman The Princess Bride (film), a film by Rob Reiner based on the book. ... Image File history File links The_Princess_Bride_(First_Edition). ... William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, playwright and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Look up Fantasy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary For other definitions of fantasy, see fantasy (psychology). ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Harcourt Trade Publishers is a U.S. publishing firm, and one of the worlds largest publishers of textbooks. ... See also: 1972 in literature, other events of 1973, 1974 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Hardcover books A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth, heavy paper, or sometimes leather). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... ISBN redirects here. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... This article is about the literary concept. ... William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, playwright and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... Harcourt Trade Publishers is a U.S. publishing firm, and one of the worlds largest publishers of textbooks. ... A comedy is a dramatic performance of a light and amusing character, usually with a happy conclusion to its plot. ... Look up adventure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A romance novel is a literary genre developed in Western culture, mainly in English-speaking countries. ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... In literature, a trope is a familiar and repeated symbol, meme, theme, motif, style, character or thing that permeates a particular type of literature. ... The Princess Bride is a 1987 film, based on the 1973 novel The Princess Bride by William Goldman, combining comedy, adventure, romance and fantasy. ... Robert Rob Reiner (born March 6, 1945) is an American actor, director, producer, writer, childrens advocate and political activist. ... Adam Guettel (pronounced Gettle; b. ...

Contents

Plot summary

Buttercup, the twentieth most beautiful woman in the world, lives on a farm with her parents in Florin, where she enjoys nothing but riding her horse (named "Horse") and tormenting the farmhand Westley, whom she always calls "Farm Boy". Every day, she gives him imperious orders, to which he always answers, "As you wish." Buttercup is uninterested in love, until the day Count Rugen comes to her house. His wife, the glamorous Countess, seems interested in Westley's charms. Buttercup becomes jealous, and realizes to her astonishment that she is in love with Westley. When Buttercup confesses her love, Westley explains that every time he said, "As you wish," he had meant to convey, "I love you." He decides to travel to America to earn money so they can marry, having exchanged what is described as the greatest kiss in the history of the world. Buttercup then takes interest in her appearance, so that Westley may be surprised when she arrives in America; therefore her beauty becomes notorious, whereas the other nineteen greatest beauties have gone into declines of their own volition. Binomial name Equus caballus Linnaeus, 1758 The horse (Equus caballus, sometimes seen as a subspecies of the Wild Horse, Equus ferus caballus) is a large odd-toed ungulate mammal, one of ten modern species of the genus Equus. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Count Tyrone Rugen is the villain of William Goldmans 1973 novel The Princess Bride. ... For beauty as a characteristic of a persons appearance, see Physical attractiveness. ...


Buttercup later receives word that Westley has been killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. Devastated, she promises to never love again. The Dread Pirate Roberts was a fictional pirate in the novel and movie, The Princess Bride. ...


Meanwhile, Florin's Prince Humperdinck realizes he needs a wife to get an heir, as his father the King is dying. The prince tells Count Rugen about his dilemma. Rugen tells him about Buttercup, and the Prince asks her to marry him. Buttercup decides to accept Humperdinck's proposal, as he assures her that she will not be expected to love him. Prince Humperdinck is the villain of William Goldmans 1973 comic adventure novel, The Princess Bride. ...


Three years pass. Three months before the royal wedding, Buttercup is kidnapped by three criminals: a Spanish fencing master named Inigo Montoya, who is seeking the six-fingered nobleman who had killed his (Inigo's) father, the perfectionist swordsmith Domingo Montoya; the gentle, innocent giant Fezzik; and their leader Vizzini, a brilliant, wicked Sicilian hunchback. The criminals have been hired to start a war between Florin and neighboring Guilder. They have been paid to kill the Princess on the Guilderian frontier, leaving a trail for the Prince to find. Because Prince Humperdinck is addicted to hunting, as well as a tracker of such skill that he can discern every detail of a situation by examining its aftermath, they expect him to follow. This article is about the sport, which is distinguished from stage fencing and academic fencing (mensur). ... Inigo Montoya (far right) storming Humperdincks castle with Westley and Fezzik. ... Anna Haining Bates with her parents Greek gigas, gigantus (giant) is a condition characterized by excessive height growth and bigness. ... The Princess Bride DVD cover The Princess Bride is a 1973 comic adventure novel, with a touch of romance, by William Goldman. ... VIZZINI, Catania, Sicilia Bidis, a Roman city mentioned by Pliny and Cicero, stood here in a territory that has been inhabited since prehistoric times. ... For other uses, see War (disambiguation). ... Guilder is the English translation of gulden, (old) Dutch for golden. The gulden originated as a gold coin (hence the name) but has been a common name for a silver or base metal coin for some centuries. ... A skill is an ability, usually learned and acquired through training, to perform actions which achieve a desired outcome. ...


The criminals and their prisoner head for Guilder by boat, but discover that another boat is pursuing them. The group reaches the Cliffs of Insanity and begin scaling them. Their pursuer, a mysterious man clad in black clothes, climbs after them. When at the top of the cliffs, they untie their rope, expecting the man in black to fall to his death. However, the man in black manages to grab onto the face of the cliff and slowly climbs to the top, using an apparently prodigious strength to accomplish this. Inigo is left behind to kill him while the others proceed. When the man in black reaches the top he defeats Inigo in a duel, overcomes Fezzik in a grappling match, and finally outsmarts and poisons the clever Vizzini by luring him into a false dilemma. “Precipice” redirects here. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ... For other uses, see Death (disambiguation), Dead (disambiguation), or Death (band). ... A duel is a formalized type of combat. ... For other uses, see Poison (disambiguation). ... The form of the fallacy of false dichotomy as an argument map with the conclusion at the top of the tree. ...


The man in black mocks Buttercup for agreeing to marry the Prince rather than remaining faithful to Westley in memory of him. Furious, Buttercup pushes him down the hillside into a deep ravine, saying, "You can die too, for all I care." From the bottom of the ravine he calls, "As you wish!", and Buttercup realizes that the man in black is actually Westley in disguise. Buttercup throws herself down the hill, and the couple are reunited at the bottom of the ravine. They flee into the much-dreaded Fire Swamp to avoid Humperdinck, who is searching for Buttercup. As they do, Westley reveals that he is himself the Dread Pirate Roberts, having inherited that name and the ship Revenge from his captor, whom he served as valet for the afore-mentioned three years. For other uses, see Faith (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The two pass through the dangers of the Fire Swamp, including snow sand; the Rodents Of Unusual Size (immense, carnivorous rats, whose name is often shortened to "R.O.U.S."); and bursts of fire that emerge from the earth. On exiting, they encounter Prince Humperdinck. Buttercup surrenders in order to save Westley, who, the Prince promises, will be taken back to his ship. Westley is taken off to be tortured by the Prince's adviser Count Rugen. Westley observes that the Count has six fingers on his right hand, before he is clubbed unconscious. Westley is then taken to the "Zoo of Death", which is a closed, underground course wherein Prince Humperdinck can chase and kill captured animals at his leisure, while Count Rugen attempts to understand the psychological reasons underlying pain. Species 50 species; see text *Several subfamilies of Muroids include animals called rats. ... For other uses, see Hand (disambiguation). ... Look up Pain in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


After weeks of suffering from persistent nightmares, which torment her apparently guilty conscience, Buttercup tells Humperdinck that she still loves Westley. The Prince appears to sympathize with her, and offers to send his men to find Westley. In secret, he plans to kill Buttercup on their wedding night. It is revealed that it was Humperdinck who hired Vizzini to kidnap and murder Buttercup in order to justify a war with Guilder. The current usage of the term nightmare refers to a dream which causes the sleeper a strong unpleasant emotional response. ... “Guilty” redirects here. ... François Chifflart (1825-1901), La Conscience (daprès Victor Hugo) Conscience is an ability or faculty or sense that leads to feelings of remorse when we do things that go against our moral values, or which informs our moral judgment before performing such an action. ...


Inigo had waited in the Thieves' Quarter for Vizzini to come back, drinking brandy. Previously, Fezzik joined the brute squad organized at the Prince's wish; when there is an order to clear out the Thieves' Quarter, Fezzik finds Inigo, lying helplessly on the street, with a brandy bottle in his hand. Inigo reunites with Fezzik, who nurses him back to health and tells him that Count Rugen is the six-fingered man who murdered Inigo's father. Inigo, having learned of Vizzini's death and having drawn conclusions based on his own experience, decides to enlist the man in black to assist them. They track Westley to the Zoo of Death, led by the screams he issues as Rugen sucks the life out of him by means of "The Machine". Inigo and Fezzik arrive and find Westley's lifeless body. They take the body to Miracle Max, a sorcerer/doctor who worked for the King until he was fired. Max prepares a resurrection pill that is supposed to revive Westley for one hour, but which, because of Max's mistake, only works for 40 minutes. For other uses, see Brandy (disambiguation). ... Look up Experience in Wiktionary, the free dictionary This article discusses the general concept of experience. ...


As the royal wedding commences, Inigo, Fezzik, and Westley storm the castle. Inigo hunts down Count Rugen and kills him in a duel, repeating throughout his much rehearsed line: "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father; prepare to die." Buttercup resolves to kill herself rather than live without Westley, who appears in time to prevent her from committing suicide, but their reunion is interrupted by the arrival of Humperdinck. For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ...


Westley is badly weakened by his brush with death, but bluffs Humperdinck into surrendering to him rather than fighting a duel. Inigo arrives, while Fezzik brings four horses from the royal stables. Westley, Buttercup, Inigo, and Fezzik all ride away from the castle. However, in keeping with the darkly comic tone of the book, several mishaps befall them as they find themselves being pursued by Humperdinck's guardsmen. Their ultimate fate is left uncertain. Goldman ends this book by stating that he believes that they all managed to escape and live relatively happy lives, although this does not necessarily mean that they "lived happily ever after." Look up fate, Fates in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Throughout the book, italicized sections of narrative appear, interrupting the plot. These describe in detail the fictitious reactions of author William Goldman and of the fictionalized versions of his wife and father to the story.

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Context

The Princess Bride is presented as Goldman's abridgment of an older version by "S. Morgenstern", which was originally a satire of the excesses of European royalty. The book, in fact, is entirely Goldman's work. Morgenstern and the "original version" are fictional and used as a literary device. Simon Morgenstern was born to Max and Valerie Morgenstern in the country of Florin. ... Simon Morgenstern was born to Max and Valerie Morgenstern in the country of Florin. ...


Goldman's personal life as described in the introduction and commentary in the novel is also fictional. In The Princess Bride, Goldman claims to have one son with his wife, a psychiatrist. In reality, Goldman has two daughters, and his wife is not a psychiatrist. The countries Florin and Guilder never existed, although both were units of currency – the same unit of currency, in fact – from The Netherlands and a common term for a 2 shilling piece in pre-decimal Britain and other countries in the Commonwealth. They remain legal currency in the Netherlands Antilles to this day. Goldman carried the joke further by publishing another book called The Silent Gondoliers (about why the gondoliers of Venice no longer sing to their passengers) under S. Morgenstern's name. Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain... The nineteenth and twentieth century Florin or Two Shillings coin should not be confused with the medieval gold Florin, which was worth six shillings. ... For other uses, see Decimal (disambiguation). ... The Silent Gondoliers is a 1983 novel written by William Goldman, under the pseudonym of , about why the gondoliers of Venice, Italy no longer sing. ... A Venetian gondola A gòndola is a traditional Venetian sculling boat. ... For other uses, see Venice (disambiguation). ...


The device of claiming that a book is a pre-existing work that the author merely discovered and edited has been used by authors as diverse as Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, Italian literary novelist Umberto Eco, the American Edgar Rice Burroughs, British fantasy writer Mary Gentle, The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis in his Space Trilogy, fictionalist Alison Croggon, L. Frank Baum, science fiction author Michael Crichton (Eaters of the Dead), zoologist Gerolf Steiner (The Snouters: Form and Life of the Rhinogrades), and the Dilbert comic strips. Cervantes redirects here. ... Umberto Eco (born January 5, 1932) is an Italian medievalist, semiotician, philosopher and novelist, best known for his novel The Name of the Rose (Il nome della rosa) and his many essays. ... Edgar Rice Burroughs Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan, although he also produced works in many genres. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... Mary Rosalyn Gentle (1956—) is a UK science fiction and fantasy author. ... This article is about the novel. ... J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916. ... Clive Staples Lewis (November 29, 1898 – November 22, 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis, was an author and scholar. ... The Space Trilogy, Cosmic Trilogy or Ransom Trilogy is a trilogy of three science fiction novels by C. S. Lewis. ... Alison Croggon, author of the Pellinor books. ... Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books in American childrens literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, better known today as simply... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Michael Crichton, pronounced [1], (born October 23, 1942) is an American author, film producer, film director, and television producer. ... Eaters of the Dead: The Manuscript of Ibn Fadlan Relating His Experiences with the Northmen in A.D. 922 is a 1976 novel by Michael Crichton. ... Zoology (from Greek: ζῴον, zoion, animal; and λόγος, logos, knowledge) is the biological discipline which involves the study of animals. ... Gerolf Steiner was a professor of zoology at the University of Hamburg. ... // Rhinogradentia (also known as snouters or Rhinogrades) is a fictitious mammal order documented by the equally fictitious German naturalist Harald Stümpke. ... Dilbert (first published April 16, 1989) is an American comic strip written and drawn by Scott Adams. ...


Reunion scene

In the novel's commentary, Goldman writes that he added nothing to the "original" Morgenstern text, although he comments that he did write one original scene, a loving reunion between Buttercup and Westley, but claimed that his publisher objected to this addition.[1] He invited any reader who wanted to read the "Reunion Scene" to write to the publisher (formerly Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; now Random House) and request a copy. Many readers wrote in to the publisher and did receive a letter, but instead of an extra scene, the letter detailed the (obviously fictitious) legal problems that Goldman and his publishers encountered with the Morgenstern estate and its lawyer, Kermit Shog. This letter was revised and updated periodically; the 1987 revision mentioned the movie, while the 25th Anniversary Edition publishes the letter with an addendum about Kermit's lawyer granddaughter Carly. The 30th Anniversary Edition has an asterisk at this point saying that you can now find the three pages of the reunion scene online www.theprincessbride.org, but as of October, 2007, the reunion scene does not appear on the page. // Random House is a publishing house based in New York City. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as...


Buttercup's Baby

The epilogue to some later editions of the novel, notably the 25th anniversary edition, mentions a sequel, Buttercup's Baby, that was having trouble getting published because of legal difficulties with S. Morgenstern's estate. This sequel seems to be just as fictional as S. Morgenstern's unabridged edition, though later editions actually reprint Goldman's "sample chapter" of this book (see link above). The most recent, 30th anniversary edition of the book, included hints to the sequel's plot, and a promise to have the full version completed before a 35th anniversary edition (2009).


In a January 2007 interview, Goldman admitted in an interview that the story is not written, and he is having a hard time writing the story.[2]

MPM: I hear you're working on a sequel to The Princess Bride called Buttercup's Baby.
William Goldman: I desperately want to write it, and I sit there and nothing happens and I get pissed at myself. I got lucky with Princess Bride the first time, and I'd love to get lucky again.[2]

Musical

Goldman partnered with Adam Guettel to create a musical version of the story with Goldman writing the book and Guettel writing the music but the two parted ways on the project when they could not agree to the division of the creative royalties. Guettel's score was nearly complete, but it is unlikely that it will be heard beyond an orchestral suite that was performed at the Hollywood Bowl in 2006. Adam Guettel (pronounced Gettle; b. ...


See also

The Princess Bride is a 1987 film, based on the 1973 novel The Princess Bride by William Goldman, combining comedy, adventure, romance and fantasy. ... A Ruritanian Romance is a story set in a imaginary Middle European or East European country, such as the Ruritania that gave the genre its name, in a time contemporary to the author. ...

References

  1. ^ Spark Notes. The Princess Bride - Chapter Five Summary (English). Spark Notes, LLC. Retrieved on October 27, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Christopher Piehler (2007). William Goldman, The Storyteller’s Story (English). Moving Pictures Magazine. Retrieved on October 27, 2007.

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