He is the author of the novel Kramer vs. Kramer (1977) which created a sea change in attitudes toward child custody with the public and in the courts in the United States and internationally. Adapted for the screen by Robert Benton, it won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1979, and starred Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep.
A previous Corman novel, Oh, God! (1971) was the basis for a hit movie comedy starring George Burns. His other novels include The Old Neighborhood (1980), 50 (1987), Prized Possessions (1991), The Big Hype (1992), A Perfect Divorce (2004), and The Boyfriend from Hell (2006).
In a characteristic assessment of Corman’s writing, critic Stefan Kanfer said in Time magazine about the novel, 50, “Avery Corman has a literary gift for dialogue and predicament. Sealed in a time capsule, 50 could tell future generations more about contemporary middle-aged mores than a library of sociological theses.”
Foreign language editions of Corman’s novels have been published throughout the world. He is the author of articles and essays in a wide number of publications, including The New York Times for which he has written for various sections of the newspaper. He turned his attention to writing for the stage and collaborated with the composer Cy Coleman on a musical, The Great Ostrovsky, for which Corman wrote the book and also co-wrote the lyrics with Mr. Coleman. It was produced in regional theater in Philadelphia in 2004, a project curtailed with the passing of Mr. Coleman that year.
Corman tome a 'Perfect' fit for Columbia.(Avery Corman)(A Perfect Divorce)(Columbia Pictures)(Brief Article)
Feb 16, 2005; HOLLYWOOD -- Columbia Pictures has acquired film rights to Avery Corman's latest novel, "A Perfect Divorce," for Irwin Winkler to...