Edward Anthony (writer)

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Edward Anthony
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Edward Anthony
Born (1895-08-04)August 4, 1895
New York City, New York
Died August 16, 1971(1971-08-16) (aged 76)
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Nationality US
Occupation writer
Known for collaboration with Frank Buck
Spouse(s) Esther Howard
(m. 1928-1971; his death)
Children Richard Anthony (b 1931)

Edward Anthony (August 4, 1895 – August 16, 1971) was an American journalist and writer who co-wrote Frank Buck’s first two books, Bring 'Em Back Alive, and Wild Cargo.

Early career[edit]

Original cover of Bring 'Em Back Alive (1930), illustration by Kurt Wiese

After completing four years of high school, according to the 1940 US Census, Anthony got his start as a journalist on The Bridgeport Herald and then with The New York Herald in 1920-23. An associate editor for a short time of Judge, the humor magazine, Anthony joined the staff of the Crowell group of magazines, later Crowell-Collier Publishing Company, in 1924. In 1928, he served as Eastern press director for Herbert Hoover's presidential campaign.[1]

Collaboration with Frank Buck[edit]

Original cover of Wild Cargo (1932)

Of Frank Buck’s three co-authors,[2] Anthony was most talented at imparting immediacy and freshness to Frank Buck’s narrative. Anthony wrote Buck’s stories in a modest, matter-of-fact, all-in-a-day’s-work fashion; yet almost every one has its own breath-catching spice of danger. With his knack for eliciting telling details, Anthony created a real sense of drama, and as a result, Frank Buck’s first two books are his best.[3]

In his autobiography, Anthony describes his collaborator:

Frank Buck (right) and Edward Anthony with their book Wild Cargo ca 1932.

"Frank Buck was a first-class actor and his pantomimic footnotes to some of his verbal explanations were most effective. One night during a session on the book our room in the hotel got stuffy—we both had been smoking for hours—so we opened the door wide and put a chair against it to start the air circulating. We were working on a chapter about a leopard—it eventually wound up in the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago—which had inconsiderately damaged its cage and wriggled free on one of the cargo decks of the S.S. Granite State en route from Calcutta to San Francisco and was roaming the ship while nearly everyone fled for cover. Buck, to illustrate one of the animal's maneuvers, had slipped to the floor and was moving about on his hands and knees preparatory to springing at an unwary seaman, giving off guttural growls as he prepared to deplete the freighter's population. As he was about to leap at his victim he heard a sound in the hall and looking up he saw that he was playing to a gallery!—a bellboy and several patrons. He saw the humor of the situation, gave vent to a hearty soure cabatcha! [a Hindustani epithet], and prepared to resume operations. 'Are we disturbing you?' asked the bellboy. 'Yes,' said Buck, and our gallery vanished." [4]

In 1933, Anthony filed suit in Brooklyn Supreme Court to recover two percent of the motion picture profits Frank Buck had earned on the film adaptation of Bring 'Em Back Alive, effectively ending their collaboration.

Anthony wrote or co-wrote other books, among them The Big Cage with the wild animal trainer Clyde Beatty.[5]

Later career[edit]

Anthony was the publisher of Woman's Home Companion, 1942–52 and of Collier's from 1949 to 1954. Collier's died shortly afterwards. Anthony wrote an autobiography, This is where I came in: the impromptu confessions of Edward Anthony (1960).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edward Anthony, Writer, Dies; Former Collier's Publisher, 76. New York Times. August 17, 1971 p 40
  2. ^ Edward Anthony, Ferrin Fraser, Carol Weld
  3. ^ Lehrer, Steven (2006). Bring 'Em Back Alive: The Best of Frank Buck. Texas Tech University press. pp. xi. ISBN 0-89672-582-0. 
  4. ^ Edward Anthony. This is where I came in: the impromptu confessions of Edward Anthony. Doubleday. New York 1960 pp 266-267
  5. ^ Buck sued over jungle film. New York Times. March 3, 1933 p 13

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