He wrote more than 30 novels, several set during the American Civil War, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in for his novel Andersonville, about the Confederate prisoner of war camp. The novel is often erroneously believed to have been the basis for the stage play and TV movie The Andersonville Trialas well as for the TV mini-series Andersonville filmbut neither has any actual connection to Kantor's work. He had a sister Virginia. His father, John Martin Kantor, was a Jewish, native-born Swede descended from "a long line of rabbis, who posed as a Protestant clergyman.
He wrote more than 30 novels, several set during the American Civil Warand was awarded the Pulitzer Prize A biography of benjamin mckinlay kantor Fiction in for his novel, Andersonville.
He also wrote the novel Gettysburg, set during the Civil War. Early life and education Kantor was born and grew up in Webster City, Iowathe second child and only son in his family.
He had a sister, Virginia. His father, John Martin Kantor, was a native-born Swedish Jew descended from "a long line of rabbiswho posed as a Protestant clergyman".
His mother returned to her parents in Webster City, Mr. Adam McKinlay, to live at their home with her children. He changed its spelling, adding an "a", because he thought it sounded more Scottish, and chose to be called "Mack" or MacKinlay.
He attended the local schools and described the Kendall Young Public Library as his "university". Kantor won a writing contest with his first story, "Purple". MacKinlay Kantor Long Remembered A True Story of My Family.
Blue Rider Press, Career Stories, journalism, and novels From toKantor wrote numerous stories for pulp fiction magazines, to earn a living and support his family; these works included crime stories and mysteries. He also wrote for Detective Fiction Weekly.
He also acquired a professional agent, Sydney Sanders. Achieving some success byKantor began to submit short stories to the "slick magazines" glossies. His "Rogue's Gallery", published in Collier on August 24,became his most frequently reprinted story.
It was during this decade that Kantor first wrote about the American Civil Warbeginning with his novel Long Rememberset at the Battle of Gettysburg. As a boy and teenager in Iowa, Kantor had spent hours listening to the stories of Civil War veterans, and he was an avid collector of first-hand narratives.
After flying with some bombing missions, he asked for and received training to operate the bomber's turret machine guns, although he was not in service and this violated regulations. Kantor interviewed numerous wounded troops, whose thoughts and ideas inspired a later novel of his.
When Kantor interviewed U. He was reminded of the Protestant hymn: After the war, the producer Samuel Goldwyn commissioned him to write a screenplay about veterans' returning home. Kantor was said to have lost his temper with Goldwyn and walked off the Hollywood lot.
The first 15 seconds of the movie note that it is "based upon a novel by MacKinlay Kantor", but the novel's title was not given. The film was a commercial and critical success, winning seven Academy Awards. He was the only civilian other than reporters allowed to ride with police on their beat.
He often rode on night shifts, working with the 23rd Precinct, whose territory ranged from upper Park Avenue to East Harlemcomprising a wide range of residents and incomes.
These experiences informed most of his short crime novels, as well as his major work Signal Thirty-Two, published in with jacket art by his wife Irene Layne Kantor.
He was known for a lack of quotation marks and was influential in this regard on Cormac McCarthywho said that Kantor was the first writer he encountered who left them out.
During the next decade, that experience informed his research for and writing of Andersonvillehis novel about the Confederate prisoner of war camp.
One of the problems he struggled with in Germany and afterward was how to think of the civilians who lived near Buchenwald. As he struggled to understand, he developed ideas which he expressed in his novel, where he portrayed some civilian Southerners sympathetically, in contrast to officers at the camp.
In writing more than 30 novels, Kantor often returned to the theme of the American Civil War. He wrote two works for young readers set in the Civil War years: Lee and Grant at Appomattox and Gettysburg This generated such a response that it was published in as a book.
It is one of many alternate histories of that war. Kantor's last novel was Valley Forge It was based on his short story by the same name, published February 3,in The Saturday Evening Post.MacKinlay Kantor, in full Benjamin McKinlay Kantor, (born Feb.
4, , Webster City, Iowa, U.S.—died Oct. 11, , Sarasota, Fla.), American author and newspaperman whose more than 30 novels and numerous popular short stories include the highly acclaimed Andersonville (; filmed for television ), a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the American Civil War.
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He wrote more than 30 novels, several set during the American Civil War, and was a. Benjamin McKinlay Kantor was born and grew up in Webster City, Iowa, the second child and only son in his family. He had a sister Virginia. His mother, Effie (McKinlay) Kantor, worked as the editor of the Webster City Daily News during part of his childhood.
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