Horton Foote Has Died At 92

Horton Foote, who chronicled America’s wistful odyssey through the 20th century in plays and films mostly set in a small town in Texas and left a literary legacy as one of the country’s foremost storytellers, died in Hartford, Connecticut on Wednesday. He was 92. 

Foote wrote screenplays including Tender Mercies, To Kill A Mockingbird and The Trip To Bountiful, as well as plays including The Young Man From Atlanta and his nine-play cycle The Orphan’s Home.  According to The New York Times, “ Mr. Foote depicted the way ordinary people shoulder the ordinary burdens of life, finding drama in the resilience by which they carry on in the face of change, economic hardship, disappointment, loss and death”

Foote’s work earned him a Pulitzer Prize and two Academy Awards. He was a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, East.