Papers of American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Laird Koenig. The bulk of the material dates from the 1970s to 2017.
American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Laird Koenig (1927- ) was born in Seattle, Washington. Koenig attended the
University of Washington, worked in advertising in New York City, and moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s, where he began his
literary career writing novels, plays, and screenplays. Beginning in the 1970s, he spent time in France. Koenig's early novels
include The Children Are Watching (co-written with Peter L. Dixon, 1970) and The Little Girl Who Lives down the Lane (1974). In 1976, Koenig adapted his novel The Little Girl Who Lives down the Lane into a film. Directed by Nicolas Gessner and starring Jodie Foster and Martin Sheen, the film would earn Koenig a Saturn
Award nomination for best screenplay. Attention, Les Enfants Regardent, a French film adaption of The Children Are Watching, was released in 1978. Based on a screenplay adapted from the novel by Laird Koenig and Peter Dixon, the film was directed
by Serge Leroy and produced by Alain Delon, who also starred in the leading role as "The Man." Other novels written by Koenig
include The Neighbor (1978), Rockabye (1981), and Rising Sun (1986). Koenig wrote episodes for the television series Flipper (1970) and High Chaparral (1970), as well as the screenplays for the filmsRed Sun, Bloodline, Inchon, and many others.
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