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Book Title: The happy time,: A comedy of love|
The author of the book: Samuel Taylor
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Edition: Random House
Date of issue: October 28th 1952
ISBN 13: 9780822204978
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The "happy time" of the title is the growing up of twelve-year-old Bibi Bonnard, youngest member of a gay, uninhibited French family living in Ottawa. Bibi's father is a good-humored whimsical musician, leader of a vaudeville orchestra, who wants his son to grow up to appreciate the warmth and humor of life, and to understand that "to be truly a man one must know two things: One must know love, one must know truth." The other men of the family are: young, exuberant Uncle Desmonde, bon vivant, travelling salesman, and "Casanova of Canada"; Uncle Louis, who drinks wine from a water cooler, and "has not let the thought of work disturb his slumbers in twenty years"; and Grandpere, who believes that one lives only as long as one loves, and is determined to live forever. The quieting influence in this mercurial household is Bibi's mother, Maman, a Scot among Frenchmen, who tries with amused determination to rule her men with some kind of order and usually fails, though in so doing she manages to retain her good-humored tolerance. It is Maman who warns the men that their carefree ways may someday get Bibi into trouble, but when her prediction comes true and the trouble comes, she has reason to be proud of her, for they really rally like the Three Musketeers, rise to the occasion, and show their true honesty and humanity. They strike a blow for freedom, and in a scene that is warmly humorous and deeply touching, Bibi learns what it is "truly to be a man."
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Samuel A. Taylor (June 13, 1912 – May 26, 2000) was an American playwright and screenwriter.
Born Samuel Albert Tanenbaum, in a Jewish family, in Chicago, Illinois, Taylor made his Broadway debut as author of the play The Happy Time in 1950. He wrote the play Sabrina Fair (1953) and co-wrote its film adaptation released the following year. In 1955, he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay. His early success brought him more work in Hollywood, including the biographical film The Eddy Duchin Story (1956) and the Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo (1958).
His film career faded after the initial box office failure of Vertigo, though Hitchcock and Taylor remained frequent collaborators. He was often contracted to write drafts for Hitchcock's later films, such as Torn Curtain (1966), though Taylor's only other Hitchcock screenplay (apart from Vertigo) was for Topaz (1969).
Taylor was nominated for his only Tony Award in as co-producer of the musical play No Strings (1962), for which he also wrote the book. Other playwrighting credits include Avanti! (1968), which he later adapted for the Billy Wilder film released in 1972 and Legend (1976).
Taylor died of heart failure in Blue Hill, Maine.
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