Warren Adler

"Adler writes with skill and a sense of scene." The New York Times Book Review

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Warren Adler is best known for The War of the Roseshis masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce turned into the Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated dark comedy hit starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. In addition to the success of the stage adaptation of his iconic novel on the perils of divorce, Adler has optioned and sold film rights to more than a dozen of his novels and short stories to Hollywood and major television networks. Random Hearts (starring Harrison Ford and Kristen Scott Thomas), The Sunset Gang (starring Jerry Stiller, Uta Hagen, Harold Gould and Doris Roberts), Private Lies, Funny Boys, Madeline’s Miracles, and Trans-Siberian Express are only a few titles that have forever left Adler’s mark on contemporary American authorship from page to stage to screen. In recent development are: The War of the Roses - The Children (Permut Presentations), a feature film adaptation of the sequel to Adler's iconic divorce story, and Capitol Crimes (Sennett Entertainment), a television series based on his Fiona Fitzgerald mystery series. Learn more about Warren Adler. .


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  Adler is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. Read entries and leave your comments there or on his personal blog.


Writing About Sex in Fiction

November 10, 2014

Sometime in the late sixties or early seventies, before I switched to computers, my method for preparing clean copies of my manuscripts for further work, or a final copy for my publisher was to send my chicken marked manuscripts out to a typist. The typist would incorporate any changes and send me back a clean copy. Since I am addicted to extensive rewrites, this could go on numerous times until I was satisfied that my novel was ready to send off.

Sometimes I had more than one typist at work, or my regular typist was off on another assignment. I once hired a typist who I had never used before, a middle-aged lady. I can’t quite remember the novel I gave her to work on, but I did give her a spot in my office at the time and set her to work. After an hour or so, she approached me, red-faced and indignant, holding the pages of my manuscript.…

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Based on the original novel, Warren Adler's stage version of The War of the Roses is an international hit. Among his other stage works, Adler collaborated with the noted composer L. Russell Brown ("C'mon Marianne" Jersey Boys and "Tie a Yellow Ribbon to the Old Oak Tree") on The Sunset Gang - the musical. The show premiered OffBroadway in NYC and the New York Times called it, "A bittersweet musical about aging and desire."

Listen to the unforgettable songs from The Sunset Gang now:

    In addition to his books turned film such as The War of the Roses and Random Hearts, Adler fueled an unprecedented bidding war in a Hollywood commission for his unpublished book Private Lies.  

"Studios believe in Adler books, sight unseen." Variety


"The War of the Roses is a brave comedy…It snarls in your memory long after it’s over." Newsweek

  The Sunset Gang was adapted into a trilogy by Linda Lavin for PBS' American Playhouse Series starring Uta Hagen, Harold Gould, Dori Brenner, Jerry Stiller and Ron Rifkin garnering Doris Roberts an Emmy nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series’.  


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