Portrait of mystery writer John D. MacDonald.

Portrait of mystery writer John D. MacDonald.


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  • PR77694

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  • Not after 1986

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  • Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on July 24, 1916. When he was 10, his family moved to Utica, N.Y. where his father worked as treasurer for a large manufacturer of firearms, the Savage Arms Corporation. Married Dorothy Mary Prentiss in 1937. Graduated from Syracuse University in 1938, and the next year earned an M.B.A. from Harvard. Enlisted with the U.S. Army in 1940 and got assigned to the Army's Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor of the CIA. Mustered out of the Army as a lieutenant colonel in September 1945. Moved his family to Florida in 1949, choosing Sarasota as his new home. Over the next 15 years, MacDonald would use his Harvard business training and knowledge of the seamy side of the corporate world to frame more than 40 mystery novels. MacDonald collected numerous awards over his career, including the French Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere (1964) and the American Book Award in 1980. He died of complications following heart surgery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 28, 1986. Posthumously inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 1991.

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  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 10 x 8 in.

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Portrait of mystery writer John D. MacDonald. Not after 1986. Black & white photoprint, 10 x 8 in. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/271882>, accessed 22 April 2019.

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Portrait of mystery writer John D. MacDonald. Not after 1986. Black & white photoprint. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 22 Apr. 2019.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/271882>.

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