Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Happy birthday, MacKinlay Kantor.

MacKinlay Kantor—Pulitzer Prize winner (for Andersonville, 1955), Medal of Freedom recipient, war correspondent, screenwriter, and crime fiction writer—was born today in Webster City, Iowa, in 1904. His narrative poem-novel Glory for Me (1945) was adapted as the Goldwyn film The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). He died in 1977.

On his contributions to the pulps and other forms of mystery fiction, see John Apostolou, "MacKinlay Kantor and the Police Novel." Most of Kantor's papers are in the Library of Congress.

About the photo
: Gun Crazy (aka Deadly Is the Female, 1950), writ. MacKinlay Kantor and Dalton Trumbo.

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