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Pat Frank

Occupation  Journalist and author
Role  Writer
Name  Pat Frank

Alma mater  University of Florida
Nationality  American
Education  University of Florida
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Notable works  Alas, Babylon, Mr. Adam
Died  October 12, 1964, Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Movies  Man's Favorite Sport?, We Shall Return
Children  Perry Frank, Patrick Frank
People also search for  Philip S. Goodman, Howard Hawks, Mel Arrighi, Robert M. Carson
Books  Alas - Babylon, Mr Adam, Forbidden Area, Shadow Child, Beyond Jack Squat

Pat Frank (May 5, 1908 – October 12, 1964) was the pen name of the American writer, newspaperman, and government consultant Harry Hart Frank. Frank's best known work is the 1959 post-apocalyptic novel Alas, Babylon. His other books include Mr. Adam, Hold Back the Night, and Forbidden Area.

Biography

Frank was born in Chicago in 1908. He was a journalist and information handler for several newspapers, agencies, and government bureaus. During his early career, he lived mainly in New York City, Washington, and overseas during World War II. He worked for the Office of War Information and was a correspondent in Italy, Austria, Germany, and Turkey. He died on October 12, 1964 in Atlantic Beach, Florida, just east Jacksonville, at age 56 due to acute pancreatitis.

Works

Nearly all men are sterile in Mr. Adam (1946), Frank's first published work. His other novels include Hold Back the Night, An Affair of State, and Forbidden Area.

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Frank's experiences reporting on the Korean War are described in his autobiographical travelogue The Long Way Round and influenced Hold Back the Night.

Frank wrote his most popular work, the post-apocalyptic novel Alas, Babylon, while living in Tangerine, Florida, on Lake Beauclaire near Mount Dora. Vivian Owens, an author familiar with local history, states that "Pistolville", the name Frank gave to an area near Fort Repose in the novel, was in fact a location situated between the southern edge of Mount Dora to its north and Tangerine to its south. According to Owens, greater Mount Dora was intended by Frank to be the model for his semi-fictional Fort Repose.

Frank also wrote a 160-page non-fiction book, How To Survive the H Bomb And Why (1962).

Frank's fiction provided the basis for several TV dramas and two feature films, the 1956 drama Hold Back the Night and Howard Hawks' 1964 comedy Man's Favorite Sport? (based on Frank's short story "The Girl Who Almost Got Away"). His novel Forbidden Area was adapted by Rod Serling for the 1957 debut episode of the television anthology series Playhouse 90, starring Charlton Heston. An April 3, 1960 episode of Playhouse 90 featured Alas, Babylon, starring Don Murray and Dana Andrews.

In addition, he wrote one original screenplay, for the 1963 Bay of Pigs-inspired drama, We Shall Return.

Frank received the American Heritage Foundation Award in 1961.

References

Pat Frank Wikipedia


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