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Anthony Joshua Shaffer (15 May 19266 November 2001) was an English playwright, novelist, and screenwriter.

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Biography

Shaffer was born to a Jewish family in Liverpool, the son of Reka (née Fredman) and Jack Shaffer, who was an estate agent He was the twin brother of the better-known Peter Shaffer. He graduated with a law degree from Trinity College, Cambridge University.

Shaffer's most notable work is the play Sleuth (1970), which he adapted for the film version of the same name, and starred Sir Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. He received Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America for both versions: for Best Play in 1971, and Best Screenplay in 1973. His other major screenplays include the Hitchcock thriller Frenzy (1972) and the British cult thriller The Wicker Man (1973) with whose director Robin Hardy Shaffer had previously set up a television production company in the United States called 'Hardy, Shaffer & Associates'.

A major theme in Shaffer's work is the playing of psychological games between people. His two best known works - Sleuth and The Wicker Man - both revolve around this idea.

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