Currently alive, at 94 years of age.
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1924 – Born on the 20th of July in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1948 – Studied at the University of Cincinnati, where he received his B.A.
1948-1954 – Served as librarian at the Rand School of Social Science, staff writer for the New York Times Index, and associate editor of Popular Science Monthly.
1950-1951 – Graduated and worked at Columbia University.
1950 – He married Jeanne Redpath.
1958 – His first novel, Crazy in Berlin, had its roots in his experiences in the United States Army
1962-1964 – The book was received with a modicum of critical comment, but with publication of its sequel, Reinhart in Love, and Little Big Man, established himself as an important voice in American comic fiction.
1965 – He won the Rosenthal Award.
1967-1996 – His other novels include Killing Time; Who Is Teddy Villanova?, a humorous pulp detective story; The Feud, a commentary on people’s hostile reactions to minor situations; The Houseguest; Meeting Evil, his most serious work; and Suspects.
1978-1994 – He also wrote three modern versions of ancient myths and literary classics: Arthur Rex: A Legendary Novel is a parody of the legend of Camelot; Orrie’s Story retells the ancient Greek tragedy of Aeschylus’s trilogy theOresteia; and Robert Crews is a modern version of Robinson Crusoe, concerning a middle-aged, wealthy alcoholic whose struggle for survival in a forest cures his lifelong depression.