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He lived in East Harlem until age 12, when his family moved to the Bronx. Later, he was admitted as an art student at Cooper Union. Lombino served in the Navy in World War II and wrote several short stories while serving aboard a destroyer in the Pacific.
However, none of these stories was published until after he had established himself as an author in the s.
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After the war, Lombino returned to New York and attended Hunter Collegewhere he majored in English and psychology, with minors in dramatics and education, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He published a weekly column in the Hunter College newspaper as "S. InLombino was inducted into the Hunter College Hall of Fame, where he was honored for outstanding professional achievement.
This experience would later form the basis for his novel Blackboard Junglewritten under the pen name Evan Hunter. ClarkeLester del ReyRichard S. Pratherand P. He made his first professional short story sale that same year, a science-fiction tale titled "Welcome, Martians!
Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. October Learn how and when to remove this template message Soon after his initial sale, Lombino sold stories under the pen names Evan Hunter and Hunt Collins.
The name Evan Hunter is generally believed to have been derived from two schools he attended, Evander Childs High School and Hunter College, although the author himself would never confirm that. He did confirm that Hunt Collins was derived from Hunter College. Lombino legally changed his name to Evan Hunter in Mayafter an editor told him that a novel he wrote would sell more copies if credited to Evan Hunter than to S.
Thereafter, he used the name Evan Hunter both personally and professionally. As Evan Hunter, he gained notice with his novel Blackboard Jungle dealing with juvenile crime and the New York City public school system.
The film adaptation followed in During this era, Hunter also wrote a great deal of genre fiction. He was advised by his agents that publishing too much fiction under the Hunter byline, or publishing any crime fiction as Evan Hunter, might weaken his literary reputation.
Consequently, during the s Hunter used the pseudonyms Curt Cannon, Hunt Collins, and Richard Marsten for much of his crime fiction. A prolific author in several genres, Hunter also published approximately two dozen science fiction stories and four science-fiction novels between and under the names S.
Addams, and Ted Taine. Ed McBain, his best known pseudonym, was first used with Cop Haterthe first novel in the 87th Precinct crime series. Hunter revealed that he was McBain in but continued to use the pseudonym for decades, notably for the 87th Precinct series, and the Matthew Hope detective series.
From then on crime novels were generally attributed to McBain and other sorts of fiction to Hunter. Reprints of crime-oriented stories and novels written in the s previously attributed to other pseudonyms were re-issued under the McBain byline. Hunter stated that the division of names allowed readers to know what to expect: McBain novels had a consistent writing style, while Hunter novels were more varied.Posts about writing written by rosegoldwriter.
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