Born in 1916 and raised in Wharton, Texas, Horton Foote has been praised for his authentic depictions of everyday people living in small Texas towns. One critic compared him to Faulkner, noting Foote's "ability to make his own corner of America stand for the whole." Foote went on to win Academy Awards for his adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird and his original screenplay for Tender Mercies. In 1995, Foote received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play The Young Man from Atlanta and was presented with the National Medal of Arts in 2000. In 2020, Humanities Texas awarded a grant to help fund the film Horton Foote: The Road to Home, a documentary chronicling Foote's creative journey in his own words at the end of his life. More»

Horton Foote, 1941. Courtesy DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.