Stephen Chbosky wrote The Perks of Being a Wallflower and also directed the movie adaptation.

Has this been done before?

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    Definitely. Elia Kazan is the earliest example in this list (America America in 1963), but I'm not sure it's the first.
    – Walt
    Apr 16, 2015 at 12:30
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    The Homesteader released in March 1919 is another example but there could be others before this.
    – rusk
    Apr 17, 2015 at 11:08

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The Homesteader was a book by Oscar Micheaux and made into a film in 1919.

Elia Kazan turned his autobiographical book, America America (published 1961), into a film (released 1963).

In 1964, Elia Kazan was nominated for three Academy Awards for his adaptation of “America, America,” a film which he wrote and directed based upon his own book. Sure, he’d already had a few Oscars on the shelf for “Gentleman’s Agreement” and “On the Waterfront,” but having a few nods for his own original (loosely biographical) story was probably a special honor for Kazan.

  • Even though these examples were given earlier, I'm accepting this to help those who stumble across this.
    – Tushar Raj
    May 4, 2015 at 11:03

Dalton Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun (novel: 1938, film: 1971). Elia Kazan also directed the movie version (1969) of his novel The Arrangement (1967).


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