Benjamin Appel


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(1907–79), New York author, graduated from Lafayette College (1929), whose novels include a trilogy, Brain Guy (1934), The Powerhouse (1939), and The Dark Stain (1943), about a college graduate who enters New York crime, labor rackets, and a fascist group; Runaround (1937), about political corruption; But Not Yet Slain (1947), about tensions in post-New Deal Washington; Fortress in the Rice (1951), set in the war-torn Philippines, which he knew as assistant to the U.S. High Commissioner; Life and Death of a Tough Guy (1955); The Raw Edge (1958); and A Big Man, A Fast Man (1961), about a tough labor leader. Hell's Kitchen (1952) and Dock Wallopers (1953) collect stories, and Mixed Vintage (1929) collects poems. With Many Voices (1963) presents impressions of Europe and its peoples' views of the U.S. Later works of nonfiction include Man and Magic (1967), a historical consideration of conjuring; Age of Dictators (1968); and The Fantastic Mirror (1970), about science fiction.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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