William Peter Blatty is the bestselling author of The Exorcist, which he turned into an Academy Award-winning screenplay. The son of immigrant parents, he was a comic novelist before embarking on a four decade career as a Hollywood writer, penning the screenplays for A Shot in the Dark, What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?, the Julie Andrews romantic comedy Darling Lili, and The Ninth Configuration (which he also directed), among many other films. Blatty died on January 12, 2017 in Bethesda, Maryland.
"The Exorcist is as superior to most books of its kind as
an Einstein equation is to an accountant's column of
figures."--New York Times Book Review
"Read the book! It's an experience you will never forget."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch