(1904–77), Iowa-born author, best known for his novels, which include Long Remember (1934), about the Battle of Gettysburg; The Voice of Bugle Ann (1935), about a foxhound whose master shoots the man suspected of killing her; Arouse and Beware (1936), about Yankees escaping from a Confederate prison; The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1937), a love story of post–Civil War Missouri; The Noise of Their Wings (1938), about plans to reintroduce passenger pigeons to the U.S.; Cuba Libre (1940), about an idealistic Cuban revolutionist; Gentle Annie (1942), set in early 20th-century Oklahoma; Happy Land (1942), the life of a boy killed in World War II; Wicked Water (1949), about early cattle wars; Signal Thirty-Two (1950), about a New York City policeman; Andersonville (1955), dealing with the horrid life in a Confederate prison during the Civil War; Spirit Lake (1961), about an Indian massacre of white settlers in 19th-century Iowa; Beauty Beast (1968), about a Gulf Coast widow's involvement with one of her slaves; and Valley Forge (1975), a historical novel. Turkey in the Straw (1935) is a book of “American ballads and primitive verse”; stories are collected in Author's Choice (1944) and Storyteller (1967). Missouri Bittersweet (1969) treats the state, and Hamilton County (1970) deals with the ten U.S. counties of that name. But Look, the Morn (1947) is a memoir of Kantor's youth, and The Day I Met a Lion (1968) collects reminiscent pieces.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.