The Oscar-nominated screenwriter who adapted JAMES JOYCE's ULYSSES for the big screen has died, aged 72.
Fred Haines lost his battle with lung cancer at his home in Venice, California on 4 May (08).
Haines' controversial Ulysses, which featured a cast full of Irish actors, was banned in Ireland until 2000, but, despite mixed reviews, it earned the screenwriter an Oscar nod.
Haines also adapted and directed Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf, which became a cult success in the mid 1970s.
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