Wallace Markfield
American writer
Wallace Markfield
Wallace Markfield was an American comic novelist best known for his first novel, To an Early Grave, about four men who spend the day driving across Brooklyn to their friend's funeral. He is also known for Teitlebaum's Window (1970), a comic novel about a Jewish boy growing up in Brooklyn in the 1930s and 1940s. Markfield was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1965 after the publication of To an Early Grave.
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James Arness of 'Gunsmoke' fame dead at 88 - CBS News
Google News - over 5 years
"The camera really loved his face, and with good reason," novelist Wallace Markfield wrote in a 1975 "Gunsmoke" appreciation in The New York Times. "It was a face that would age well and that, while aging, would carry intimations of waste,
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Wallace Markfield, 75, Writer With a Humorous Sarcasm
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Wallace Markfield, the author of ''To an Early Grave,'' ''Teitlebaum's Window'' and other satirical novels that earned him critical praise as a Brooklyn literary descendant of James Joyce, died last Friday at a hospital in Roslyn, N.Y. He was 75 and lived in Port Washington, N.Y. The cause was complications from a heart attack, his family said. Mr.
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Paid Notice: Deaths MARKFIELD, WALLACE
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MARKFIELD - Wallace. Distin guished author, divine wit, dear friend. Vera Herbstman
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John Sturges, Film Director, Is Dead at 82
NYTimes - over 24 years
John Sturges, the director of action films like "The Magnificent Seven," "The Great Escape," "Gunfight at the O K Corral" and "Ice Station Zebra," died on Tuesday at French Hospital, near his home in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He was 82 years old. He died of emphysema, said Roberta Soules, his sister-in-law. Mr. Sturges's movies were often mean and
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GOODBYE NEWARK: ROTH REMEMBERS HIS BEGINNINGS
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: Philip Roth's ''Goodbye, Columbus,'' published in 1959 as the title novella in a collection of stories, has turned out to be an enduring commentary on postwar America and, more specifically, the Jews who were part of it. ''Goodbye, Columbus'' won the author the National Book Award at the age of 26. Philip Roth's ''Goodbye, Columbus,''
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BROOKLYN, BOROUGH OF WRITERS
NYTimes - almost 34 years
For writers, Brooklyn has never been primarily the borough of the Bridge. Borough of churches, borough of nostalgia, borough of hope (for Dodgers fans), it is above all a piece of geography or, if you prefer, a considerable piece of real estate. Literary visitors have found it an urban alternative to Manhattan's desperate pursuit of the present.
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YEARS AGO IN RUSSIA
NYTimes - almost 35 years
WHY THERE IS NO HEAVEN ON EARTH By Ephraim Sevela. Translated from the Russian by Richard Lourie. 205 pp. New York: Harper & Row. $11.50. (Ages 12 and Up) By WALLACE MARKFIELD EPHRAIM SEVELA'S ''Why There Is No Heaven on Earth'' is one of the most beautifully written and deeply felt novels that I have encountered about the half-chivalric,
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KVETCHING ABOUT THE HUMAN CONDITION
NYTimes - over 35 years
A BINTEL BRIEF Volume II. Letters to the Jewish Daily Forward 1950-80. Compiled and Edited by Isaac Metzker. Translated by Bella S. Metzker and Diana Shalet Levy, Under the Supervision of Isaac Metzker. 167 pp. New York: The Viking Press. $10.95. AS a child, I learned to stay away from my father the moment I noticed him pick up and shake open the
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WHAT I'M WRITING, WHAT I'M READING
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The Book Review asked a number of authors what they planned to write and read this summer. Eve Babitz, Author of ''Eve's Hollywood,'' ''Slow Days, Fast Company'' and ''Sex and Rage.'' This summer I plan to finish the novel I planned to finish last summer, and last winter, and this spring. It's supposed to be out this year, and if it isn't, I can
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Wallace Markfield
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2002
    Age 75
    Markfield died of a heart attack in Roslyn, New York on May 24, 2002.
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  • 1999
    Age 72
    Dalkey Archive Press reissued Teitlebaum's Window in October 1999 and To an Early Grave in December 2000.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1978
    Age 51
    In an interview conducted in the spring of 1978 at Markfield's home in Port Washington, New York he said: "Orgasms was a first person narrative, completely through the eyes of a woman.
    More Details Hide Details I found it awfully tiresome after a while, though I never find women tiresome. But she became just a great bore to me. After about a hundred and seventy-five pages or so, I just gave up. It was getting nowhere." It was published only as a limited edition of about three hundred copies, individually numbered and signed by the author.
  • FORTIES
  • 1968
    Age 41
    In 1968 To An Early Grave was adapted for the screen under the title Bye Bye Braverman, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring George Segal and Jack Warden.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 21
    In 1948 he married Anna May Goodman, the couple had a daughter.
    More Details Hide Details He later taught creative writing at San Francisco State College (1966–68), Kirkland College (1968–69), and Queens College (1971–73). At the time of his death he had been working on a novel for eleven years.
  • 1947
    Age 20
    Markfield graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School, earning a B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1947, then doing his graduate work at New York University between 1948-1950.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Born
    Born in 1926.
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