The quiet cotton farming community of Wharton, Texas, is the touchstone for the career of playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote. He wrote plays about everyday people living in small Texas towns like his boyhood home, and his work was praised for its authenticity. "I believe very deeply in the human spirit," he once said. "I've known people that the world has thrown everything at. . . . And yet something about them retains a dignity. They face life and they don't ask quarters."
Image: Horton Foote in 1941. Photo courtesy Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library.