William Kotzwinkle
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William Kotzwinkle
William Kotzwinkle
Born (1943-11-22) November 22, 1943 (age 75)
OccupationNovelist, screenwriter
Elizabeth Gundy (m. 1965)

William Kotzwinkle (born November 22, 1943[1]) is an American novelist, children's writer, and screenwriter. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. He has won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel for Doctor Rat in 1977, and has also won the National Magazine Award for fiction. Kotzwinkle wrote the novelization of the screenplay for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.[2]

He has been married to author Elizabeth Gundy since 1965.[3]

List of works


  • Hermes 3000 (1972)
  • The Fan Man (1974)
  • Night Book (1974)
  • Swimmer in the Secret Sea (1975) (a short story published in mass-market paperback format, as a sort of chapbook)
  • Doctor Rat (1976)
  • Fata Morgana (1977)
  • Herr Nightingale And the Satin Woman (1978) (graphic novel, illustrated Joe Servello)
  • Jack in the Box (1980) (later re-titled as Book of Love at the release of the movie based on it)
  • Christmas at Fontaine's (1982)
  • Superman III (1983) (based on the screenplay by David Newman and Leslie Newman)
  • Great World Circus (1983) (illustrated Joe Servello)
  • Queen of Swords (1983)
  • Seduction in Berlin (1985) (long story poem, illustrated Joe Servello)
  • The Exile (1987)
  • The Midnight Examiner (1989)
  • The Game of Thirty (1994) (reissued 2007 as The Game of 30)
  • The Bear Went Over the Mountain (1996)
  • The Amphora Project (2005)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial series


  • Elephant Bangs Train (1971) (short stories)
  • The Oldest Man: And Other Timeless Stories (1971) (juvenile)
  • Trouble in Bugland: A Collection of Inspector Mantis Mysteries (1983) (juvenile)
  • Jewel of the Moon (1985) (short stories)
  • Hearts of Wood: And Other Timeless Tales (1986) (juvenile)
  • The Hot Jazz Trio (1989) (3 short stories, illustrated Joe Servello)
  • Tales from the Empty Notebook (1995) (juvenile)
  • Double Trouble in Bugland : A New Collection of Inspector Mantis Mysteries (2016) (juvenile)

Short stories

  • "The Curio Shop" (1980)
  • "Fragments of Papyrus from the Temple of the Older Gods" (1988)
  • "Blues on the Nile: A Fragment of Papyrus" (1989)
  • "Boxcar Blues" (1989)
  • "Django Reinhardt Played the Blues" (1989)
  • "Horse Badorties Goes Out" (1973)
  • "The Magician"

Children's books

  • The Firemen (1969)
  • Elephant Boy: A Story of the Stone Age (1970)
  • The Day the Gang Got Rich (1970)
  • The Ship That Came Down The Gutter (1970)
  • The Return of Crazy Horse (1971)
  • The Supreme, Superb, Exalted and Delightful, One and Only Magic Building (1973)
  • Up the Alley with Jack and Joe (1974)
  • The Leopard's Tooth (1976)
  • The Ants Who Took Away Time (1978)
  • Dream of Dark Harbor: A Ghostly Sea Story (1979)
  • The Nap Master (1979)
  • The World Is Big and I'm So Small (1986) ISBN 0-517-56310-X
  • The Empty Notebook (1990)
  • The Million-Dollar Bear (1995)
  • Walter the Farting Dog series (with Glenn Murray and Elizabeth Gundy)[4](illustrations by Audrey Colman)


  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) (original story, for the film)
  • Book of Love (1990) (adapted from his novel Jack in the Box, for the film)


  1. ^ Stephanie Misko (Fall 2008). "Kotzwinkle, William (Biography)". Pennsylvania Center for the Book. Penn State University libraries. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Teacher's Notes" (PDF). Penguin Active Reading, Teacher Support Program, Pearson Education Limited. c. 2009. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ Eady, Brenda (27 May 1985). "From Any Angle, E.t.'s Biographer William Kotzwinkle Is Not An Alien to Success". People. 23 (21).
  4. ^ Subsequent volumes identify Gundy as an uncredited contributor on the earlier books. The later books give her a co-author credit.

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