Glendon Swarthout (Glendon Fred Swarthout)
BiographyPinckney, Michigan, USA
Novelist Glendon Swarthout had the widest literary range of any American author of his generation, writing 16 novels, which ranged from dramas to comedies to romances and mysteries, and another 6 novellas for young adults with his wife, Kathryn. Many of Glendon's novels became international bestsellers and book club editions, reprinted in innumerable paperback editions, some still available in bookstores and libraries worldwide. With a PhD. in Victorian literature, as well as Master's and B.A. degrees in English from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, Dr. Read more... and was constantly trying to top them, never writing sequels to any of his hit novels or a series of books based on his lead characters. Glendon later admitted this was possibly a mistake, for critics and fans never knew what might come out of his typewriter next, although editors tried to get him to write a Where The Girls Are or a series of Shootist Westerns many times. Still, Glendon won many writing awards for his stories and quite a few of them were also eventually made into interesting motion pictures, including the film hits Where The Boys Are (MGM,1960) and The Shootist (Paramount, 1976), as well as less successful films, Seventh Cavalry (Columbia, 1956), They Came To Cordura (Columbia, 1959), and Bless the Beasts & Children (Columbia, 1972). Bless the Beasts has never been out of print since 1970, though, and another new American edition of The Shootist was reprinted by Bison Books in late 2011.