Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Some writers who may fancy themselves as fast on the keyboard would have a hard time approaching the lieterary out put of Max Brand [Frederick Schiller Faust]. Brand probably was the most prolific American novelist ever; author of 500 novels -- 30 Million words. A highly popular writer of westerns, his books were also turned into movie-scripts, including the durable character of "Doctor Kildare."

In the Second World War, Brand became a war correspondent for Harper's Magazine, assigned to Italy. Within just a couple of weeks of arrival, he insisted on accompanying a platoon of American infantry going into an attack on the village of Santa

Maria Infante, because "I want to study men under fire." He was wounded in the chest by German shrapnel, and died before he could receive medical aid. Max Brand is buried in the American War Cemetery, Netuno, Italy.

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