Evan Hunter, born Salvatore Albert Lombino (October 15, 1926 – July 6, 2005), was a prolific United States author and screenwriter.
Evan Hunter wrote hundreds of books and many screenplays, both under the Evan Hunter byline and under a number of pseudonyms such as Ed McBain, Richard Marsten, Hunt Collins, Curt Cannon and Ezra Hannon. The name "Evan Hunter" is generally believed to have been derived from two schools he attended, Evander Childs High School and Hunter College, although Hunter himself would never confirm that.
As Evan Hunter, a name he legally adopted in 1952, he wrote books such as The Blackboard Jungle (1954), Come Winter (1973), and Lizzie (1984). He wrote the original screenplay of the 1963 film The Birds (film) for Alfred Hitchcock.
However, Hunter also wrote a great deal of crime fiction and was advised by his agents that publishing too much fiction under the Hunter name, or publishing any crime fiction as Evan Hunter, might weaken his literary reputation. As a consequence, during the 1950s Hunter used the psuedonyms "Curt Cannon", "Hunt Collins" and "Richard Marsten" for much of his crime fiction. His most famous pseudonym, Ed McBain, debuted in 1956 with the first novel in the 87th Precinct crime series.
Hunter himself publicly revealed that he and McBain were one and the same person in 1958, but he still continued to use the McBain pseudonym for the next several decades, on the 87th Precinct series, on the Matthew Hope series of novels, and on several other books. After about 1960 crime novels were generally attributed to McBain and other sorts of fiction to Hunter. Hunter had also stated that the division of names allowed readers to know what to expect: McBain novels had a consistent writing style, while Hunter novels had a more varied writing style.
Hunter died of cancer of the larynx in 2005 at the age of 78 in Weston, Connecticut.
Bibliography as Evan Hunter
The Evil Sleep! (1952) Don't Crowd Me (1953) The Blackboard Jungle (novel) (1954) Second Ending (1956) Strangers When We Meet (novel) (1958) A Matter of Conviction (1959) Mothers And Daughters (1961) Buddwing (1964) The Paper Dragon (1966) A Horse's Head (1967) Last Summer (novel) (1968) Sons (novel) (1969) Nobody Knew They Were There (1971) Every Little Crook And Nanny (1972) Come Winter (1973) Streets Of Gold (1974) The Chisholms: A Novel Of The Journey West (1976) Walk Proud (1979) Love, Dad (1981) Far From The Sea (1983) Lizzie (novel) (1984) Criminal Conversation (1994) Privileged Conversation (1996) The Moment She Was Gone (2002)
The Jungle Kids (Short Stories) (1956) On The Sidewalk Bleeding (1957) The Last Spin & Other Stories (1960) Happy New Year, Herbie (1963) The Easter Man (a Play) And Six Stories (1972) Seven (novel)(1972) The McBain Brief (Short Stories) (1982) The Best American Mystery Stories (2000) Barking at Butterflies & Other Stories (2000) Running from Legs(2000)
The Easter Man (1964) The Conjuror (1969)
Note: his novel "King's Ransom (novel)" was rendered as "High and Low" by Akira Kurosawa Strangers When We Meet (1960) The Birds (film) (1963) Fuzz (film) (1972) Walk Proud (1979)
The Chisholms (1979) The Legend Of Walks Far Woman (1980) Dream West (1986)
Find The Feathered Serpent (1952) The Remarkable Harry (1959) The Wonderful Button (1961) Me And Mr. Stenner (1965
Me & Hitch! (1997)
Bibliography as Ed McBain
Death of a Nurse (1964) * Originally published in 1955 as Murder in the Navy by Richard Marsten The Big Fix (1952) The April Robin Murders (1958) * With Craig Rice The Sentries (1965) Where There's Smoke (1975) Guns (1976) Another Part of the City (1986) Downtown (1991) Driving Lessons (2000) The Gutter and the Grave (2005 - revised edition of I'm Cannon - For Hire, originally published as by 'Curt Cannon')
The 87th Precinct Mysteries
Cop Hater (1956) The Mugger (1956) The Pusher (1956) The Con Man (1957) Killer's Choice (1957) Killer's Payoff (1958) Lady Killer (1958) Killer's Wedge (1959) til Death (1959) King's Ransom (1959) Give the Boys a Great Big Hand (1960) The Heckler (1960) See Them Die (1960) Lady, Lady I Did It (1961) The Empty Hours (1962) Like Love (1962) Ten Plus One (1963) Ax (1964) He Who Hesitates (1964) Doll (1965) 80 Million Eyes (1966) Fuzz (1968) Shotgun (1969) Jigsaw (1970) Hail, Hail the Gang's All Here (1971) Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (1972) Sadie When She Died (1972) Hail to the Chief (1973) Bread (1974) Blood Relatives (1975) So Long as You Both Shall Live (1976) Long Time No See (1977) Calypso (1979) Ghosts (1980) Heat (1981) Ice (1983) Lightning (1984) Eight Black Horses (1985) Poison (1987) Tricks (1987) McBain's Ladies (Short Stories) (1988) Lullaby (1989) Vespers (1990) Widows (1991) McBain's Ladies, Too (Short Stories) (1992) Kiss (1992) Mischief (1993) And All Through the House (1994) Romance (1995) Nocturne (1997) The Big Bad City (1999) The Last Dance (2000) Money, Money, Money (2001) Fat Ollie's Book (2002) The Frumious Bandersnatch (2003) Hark! (2004) Fiddlers (2005)
The Matthew Hope Mysteries
Goldilocks (novel) (1921) Rumpelstiltskin (novel) (1981) Beauty & The Beast (1982) Jack & The Beanstalk (1984) Snow White & Red Rose (1985) Cinderella (novel) (1986) Puss in Boots (novel) (1987) The House that Jack Built (1988) Three Blind Mice (novel) (1990) Mary, Mary (1992) There was a little girl (1994) Gladly the cross-eyed bear (1996) The Last Best Hope (1998)
The Woman in Jeopardy Mysteries
Alice in Jeopardy (2005) Becca in Jeopardy (Near completion at the time of Hunter's death. Completion by a third party and subsequent publication still undetermined)
as Curt Cannon
Deadlier than the Mail (story) (1953) Good Deal (story) (1953) Dead Men Don't Scream (story) (1958) The Death of Me (story) (1958) Die Hard (story) (1958) I'm Cannon - For Hire (novel) (1958) Now Die in It (story) (1958) I Like 'Em Tough (short stories) (1958)
as Richard Marsten
(Hunter has acknowledged that the name "Richard Marsten" was derived from the names of his sons Richard, Mark, and Ted.) Danger: Dinosaurs! (1953) Rocket To Luna! (1953) Runaway Black! (1954) Murder in the Navy (1955) * Republished in 1964 as Death of a Nurse by Ed McBain' Vanishing Ladies! (1957) The Spiked Heel! (1957) Even The Wicked! (1958) Big Man! (1959)
as Hunt Collins
Cut Me In (1954) Tomorrow's World (novel) (1956) Tomorrow And Tomorrow (1957) Sucker (novel) (1958)
as Ezra Hannon
Doors (novel) (1975)
as John Abbott
Scimitar (novel) (1992)
Complete Chronological Bibliography
: to be written
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