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Robert Nelson Jacobs

writer Chocolat, Dinosaur, The Shipping News, The Water Horse

ROBERT NELSON JACOBS grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Yale University, where he received the Curtis Literary Prize for his short fiction, and he later earned a master’s degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He began his career as a writer of short stories that were published in little, prestigious magazines and generated little, prestigious income.

    His love of movies brought him to California, where it took a number of years for his writing to start paying the rent.  Jacobs’ script for the film Chocolat was nominated for an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay. His other produced screenplays include Out to Sea, Dinosaur, The Shipping News, Flushed Away, The Water Horse and Extraordinary Measures.