William Goldman

William Goldman was an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He was born on August 12, 1931, in Chicago, Illinois, and passed away on November 16, 2018. Goldman is best known for his novels 'The Princess Bride' and 'Marathon Man', as well as the screenplays for the film adaptations of these novels. He won two Academy Awards for his screenwriting, one for 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' and another for 'All the President's Men'. His work in Hollywood made him a prominent figure in the film industry, and his contributions to literature and cinema have left a lasting legacy.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. The Princess Bride

    This book is an illustrated edition of a classic tale of true love and high adventure. It tells the story of a beautiful princess and her one true love. After he is reportedly killed, she agrees to marry a wicked prince instead, only to be kidnapped and face numerous dangers. The story is filled with humor, romance, and swashbuckling action, all brought to life by vivid illustrations.

  2. 2. Marathon Man

    The novel revolves around a history Ph.D. student and avid runner in New York City who becomes entangled in a deadly plot involving his estranged brother, a government agent, and a notorious Nazi war criminal living in exile. When a series of events leads to the murder of his brother and the revelation of a precious gem smuggling operation, the protagonist must use his wits and endurance to survive torture and chase, uncovering a harrowing conspiracy that forces him to confront his own family's secrets and a past that is inextricably linked to the horrors of the Holocaust.