Thursday, July 07, 2005

Three Great Americans

Three great Americans died on one day. One was hard-boiled cop author Ed McBain ("Sadie When She Died," "Fuzz," "Money, Money, Money"), a great American writer whose "hard, blunt prose could not disguise a sophisticated stylist who hated to be pigeonholed as a genre writer." The other was Evan Hunter ("The Blackboard Jungle," "Mothers and Daughters," "Last Summer"), an American who was a great writer.

The third was Salvatore Lombino, a great American success story, a postal worker's son who served in the U.S. Navy and changed his name, twice, believing that "prejudice against writers with foreign names" was keeping him out of print.