(1926–2005) American writer, born Salvatore Albert Lombino in New York, who began writing under the pen-name of Evan Hunter and then adopted that name. Among his many novels, The Blackboard Jungle (1954) achieved fame for its depiction of high school life. Hunter also wrote a number of screenplays (including Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds) but is also remembered for the crime fiction he published under the name of Ed McBain, especially his 87th Precinct series, set in New York, which began in 1956. Hunter's other pen-names included Curt Cannon and Richard Marsten.
From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.