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The Man Who Wrote Citizen Kane

Herman Mankiewicz had to fight to obtain writing credit on Citizen Kane.

Herman Mankiewicz was a tough-talking, wisecracking screenwriter who despised sentimentality. When Warner Brothers insisted he write a Rin Tin Tin film, he submitted a treatment where the hero dog snatches a baby and tosses him into a raging house fire. The studio opted for another writer.

Born in New York City in 1897, Mankiewicz was a whiz kid. He graduated from Columbia University at 19, joined the Army and…

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Loren Kantor

Loren is a writer and woodcut artist based in Los Angeles. He teaches printmaking and creative writing to kids and adults.