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Welcome to the Official Website of the Garson Kanin. Playwright Garson Kanin was a 20th Century Renaissance Man: a musician, burlesque comedian, actor, stage and film director, writer, and raconteur. He wrote plays, essays, screenplays, short stories, novels, memoirs, songs, and a libretto, and directed plays, musicals, documentaries and films.

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Garson Kanin E-Books Now Available!

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Remembering Mr. Maugham

By Garson Kanin

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Hollywood

By Garson Kanin

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Tracy and Hepburn

By Garson Kanin

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A Thousand Summers

By Garson Kanin

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Smash

By Garson Kanin

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Moviola

By Garson Kanin

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I suppose most of existence is purely accidental. We design a plan, but in the end—a chance meeting, an odd happening—a twist of circumstance determines the course of life.

–Garson Kanin Smash c 1980

We’re not here to pass moral judgments on one another. Just see that you behave well, and leave the others to their own devices.

–Garson Kanin Smash c 1980

All’s fair in love and war and musicals

–Garson Kanin Smash c 1980

Humor means coming to terms with the nonsense and inequities and chaos and craziness of everyday life.

–Garson Kanin Smash c 1980

I’m a tomorrow kid, and I don’t like looking back.

-Garson Kanin (interview, 1977)

Memory is an inexact science, and your memory will play tricks on you sometimes.

-Garson Kanin (interview, 1977)

Each decade of one’s life, indeed each year, has its own colors and qualities, its strengths and weaknesses.

-Garson Kanin It Takes Long Time to Become Young c 1978

One of bureaucracy’s cruelest frauds is the cynical and hypocritical kick-under-the-carpet of problems by establishing special committees, subcommittees, research groups, and task forces — then publicizing them highly. The public at large is led to believe that the formation of a committee equals the solution of the problem.

-Garson Kanin It Takes Long Time to Become Young c 1978

The full moblization of a nation’s labor force is essential to its power and
well-being.

-Garson Kanin It Takes Long Time to Become Young c 1978

An enlightened society understands that education should be a continuing, never-ending process.

-Garson Kanin It Takes Long Time to Become Young c 1978

Life is not, or should not be, a spectator sport. It must be lived, not observed.

-Garson Kanin It Takes Long Time to Become Young c 1978

By and large, every successful enterprise is the result of one individual’s imagination, enterprise, and perseverance.

-Garson Kanin It Takes Long Time to Become Young c 1978