Show Business: Life of a Wordsmith

At central casting, Edward Anhalt, 51, would be a natural for the chain-gang fugitive—head shaved, clothes impressed, face haggard. And indeed he lives the life of a man pursued—by nearly every studio and producer in Hollywood. If they catch him, it will cost them a minimum of $5,000 a week, for Anhalt is one of the highest-paid scriptwriters in the business (1965 estimated income: $225,000) and, as the burst of applause that greeted his Oscar award for Becket last week proved, in the judgment of his fellow craftsmen one of the best.

To even think of improving lean Anouilh's Becket, whose...

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