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APRIL/MAY 2011 VOL. 15 ISSUE 3 W ritten B y THE MAGAZINE OF THE WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, WEST © The Art of Adaptation The King of Adapters 20 By NaNcy M. West Andrew Davies resurrects Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, E.M. Forster, and other classic authors. His secret? Sexing them up. Columns 8 Take 5 by Neely Swanson Cathleen Young lifts Humanitas to new heights. The learning Curve of Robert Crais 16 By RichaRd staytoN After a decade on TV staffs learning craft, Robert Crais translated his lessons into lucrative crime fiction. 28 By 10 The Job by Neil Landau Why revise? Your first draft’s perfect. This Extraordinary Thing MaRy McNaMaRa 12 years. 2,939 pages. 87 characters. Good. Evil. Steve Kloves. 34 By 12 Tools by Louise Farr The science and fiction toybox. When steve met Jo J.K. RoWliNg The author emerges from under her invisibility cloak to reveal how Steve Kloves scripted Harry Potter. DEPARTmEnTs 38 By A man in Trouble Pat sieRchio & saNdRa BeRg 2 Fade In 56 Fade Out A Jerry Lewis you’ve never seen: screenwriter extraordinaire. 42 By The sidekick Pat sieRchio & saNdRa BeRg Cover portrait of Andrew Davies by Barry Marsden Contents portrait of Steve Kloves Drummer Bill Richmond adapted to Jerry Lewis. 46 By An American in Paris MaRia eleNa RodRiguez Everything you need to know about teleplay markets in France.