Biography

Robert J. Seidman is a novelist and screenwriter. His first novel, One Smart Indian, has never been out of print since its publication in 1977. It is available in paperback from The Overlook Press. His second novel, Bucks County Idyll,was published by Simon & Schuster in 1980.

The new novel, "Moments Captured," will be published by The Overlook Press in November 2012.

In 2008, Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life, which Seidman co-wrote with Rob Levi, won three of the most coveted awards for film: Writers' Guild for Best Written Documentary; a George Foster Peabody Award; and the Emmy for Best Documentary. Seidman has written or co-written scripts on Samuel Beckett, Margaret Mead, Henry David Thoreau, American Art of the Post-War era "In Our Times" in the PBS/​Channel 4 series "Art of the Western World." He co-wrote the Emmy-nominated "A Life Apart: Hasidism in America."

He is currently working on a novel based on his original screenplay, "The All American Game," a story of a troubled contemporary Seneca who is a talented lacrosse player.

Contact: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman-Schneider Literary Agents, 850 Seventh Avenue, Suite 903, New York, NY, 10019. Phone: 212 245-1994, E-mail: deborah@​gelfmanschneider.com

Theresa Collier, The Overlook Press, 141 Wooster St., NYC 10012. Phone: 212 673-2305. E-mail: tcollier@​overlookny.com

For Seidman reading "Moments Captured" on YouTube, go to:
www.youtube.com/​watch?v=5NC3byxI08g

Selected Works

Fiction
A review of Seidman's "Moments Captured" that appeared in "Curled Up with a Good Book" in early December 2012
There are indelible characters, both historical and fictional: the tireless experimenter Muybridge; the impassioned feminist Holly Hughes, a gifted dancer and strong-minded feminist; Denise Faveraux, Holly’s friend and sometime companion, a prostitute with a fast ironic mind and the hard-won knowledge of how to protect herself from the profession’s worst nightmare, disease; Leland Stanford, the master builder California ex-Governor whose transcontinental ambitions conflict with Holly’s commitment to female equality; Jacques Fauconier, the flamboyant self-assured French sometime lover of Holly; Samuel Montague, the ingenious chief engineer of the Central Pacific who provides Muybridge with the decisive element in his quest to capture the trotting horse; Collis Ward, Stanford’s sneaky snaky assistant; Thomas Alva Edison, the brilliant inventor/promoter who cleverly cashes in on Muybridge’s motion picture project. There are cameo appearances by historical/fictional individuals, including the photographer Matthew Brady, the painter Jean-Leon Gerome and Walt Whitman. A teeming, multitudinous canvas, as crammed with life and conflict as the Gilded Age itself.
"One Smart Indian is an astonishing act of empathy."
–John Leonard, New York Times
Positive reviews extolled the novel's ability to combine compelling mystery with a fascinating story about a young couple's relationship and class in America.
Nonfiction
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