Women of Uncommon Valor: Life Stories of Women from Birmingham, Alabama

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Company K , published in , was hailed as a masterpiece by critics and writers alike and has often been compared to Erich Maria Remarque 's classic anti-war novel All Quiet on the Western Front for its hopeless view of war. University of Alabama professor of American literature and author Philip Beidler wrote, in his introduction to a republication of the book in , that March's "act of writing Company K , in effect reliving his very painful memories, was itself an act of tremendous courage, equal to or greater than whatever it was that earned him the Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross and French Croix de Guerre.

The Bad Seed , published in April , was a critical and commercial success, and introduced Rhoda Penmark , an eight-year-old sociopath and burgeoning serial killer. The novel became an instant bestseller and was widely praised by critics for its use of suspense and horror. Venturing a prediction and a glance over the shoulder: no more satisfactory novel will be written in or has turned up in recent memory.

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It went on to sell more than a million copies, [38] was nominated for the National Book Award , [ citation needed ] adapted into a successful and long-running Broadway play by Maxwell Anderson , [38] and was adapted for film three times, in directed by Mervyn LeRoy , [38] in directed by Paul Wendkos , and in directed by and starring Rob Lowe. March was an accomplished short story writer and published four collections of stories. Henry Awards for his short stories, tied for the most wins by any author up until that time.

The book was published in by the University of Alabama Press , with an introduction by Rosemary Canfield-Reisman. None of March's story collections is currently in print. Of paramount importance to scholars is Roy S. Simmonds continued the work of his friend Lawrence William Jones, who had been working on a March biography but died in a car accident.

Simmonds had only a passing knowledge of March's writing, but became increasingly interested in finishing Jones' work after having read through many of the papers that Jones had left behind, notably the page memoir "Bill March" by New Orleans journalist Clint Bolton. Although March had intimated that he wished for no biography to be written, [55] the Campbell family, after having read the completed manuscript, gave their approval, though grudgingly, it seems.

The cruel irony of his death, coming at the moment it did, deprived him of the immense satisfaction of the worldwide recognition he would have enjoyed following the success of The Bad Seed. Now March has been almost forgotten. His reputation, however, if little known at present, remains established and secure. Those of us who know, love, and admire his work live in the belief that one day March will be recognized as one of the most remarkable, talented, and shamefully neglected writers that America has produced in this or in any other century.

Complementing the biography, Simmonds also published William March: An Annotated Checklist , an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary documents pertaining to March's life and work. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the American funeral director, see William C. United States Marine, novelist, short story writer.

Main article: Company K. Main article: The Bad Seed.

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Main article: 99 Fables. See Simmonds , p. Quinn, in a review of the novel in The Hudson Review , published his praise of March as an example of an apparently "relatively tame, almost old-fashioned writer" who nonetheless could "renovate" the novel without resorting to "gimmicks". Tuscaloosa News. His tombstone and draft card show birthplace as Mobile, AL.


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