Six Degrees of Separation

By: John GUARE [inscribed]

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Six degrees of separation is the idea that all living things and everything else in the world are six or fewer steps away from each other so that a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps. It was originally set out by Frigyes Karinthy in 1929 and popularized in an eponymous 1990 play written by John Guare. The play was made into a 1993 American comedy-drama film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Fred Schepisi, The plot of the film was inspired by the real-life story of David Hampton, a con man and robber who managed to convince a number of people in the 1980s that he was the son of actor Sidney Poitier. The writer John Guare was a friend of Inger McCabe Elliott and her husband Osborn Elliott. In October 1983, Hampton came to the Elliott's New York apartment and they allowed him to spend the night. The next morning, Inger found Hampton in bed with another man and later called the police. The Elliotts told Guare about the story and it inspired him to write the play years later.

Title: Six Degrees of Separation

Author Name: John GUARE [inscribed]

Categories: Drama,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: New York, Random House: 1990

ISBN Number: 067940161x

ISBN Number 13: 9780679401612

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Book

Inscription: Inscribed by Author(s)

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