George Mandel

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For the diplomat, see George Mantello.
For the politician, see Georges Mandel.

George Mandel (born February 11, 1920[1] ) is an American novelist and short story writer. A native of New York City, Mandel was educated at the Pratt Institute, The Art Students League of New York and The New School. His first novel, Flee the Angry Strangers (1952), was one of the first Beat novels.

His subsequent novels include The Breakwater, Into the Woods of the World, and The Wax Boom (1962). His short story "The Beckoning Sea" was included in the anthology Protest: The Beat Generation and the Angry Young Men,[2] and he also wrote a short story, "Adjustments" (1956), which appeared in an Alfred Hitchcock horror anthology.[3] He also wrote Crocodile Blood, a novel about a Native American Seminole girl, and Scapegoats (1970) as well as two cartoon books, Beatville U.S.A. and Borderline Cases, and the Saturday Evening Post short story "The Day the Time Changed".

In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.[4]

He was a friend of the novelist Joseph Heller.[5]


  1. ^ Varner, Paul (2012). Historical Dictionary of the Beat Movement. Scarecrow Press Inc. p. 194. ISBN 0810871890. 
  2. ^ Feldman, Gene and Gartneberg, Max (editors) (1958). Protest: The Beat Generation and the Angry Young Men. New York: Citadel Press
  3. ^ Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories My Mother Never Told Me [ghost edited by Robert Arthur] ed. Alfred Hitchcock (Random House 1963)
  4. ^ “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” January 30, 1968 New York Post
  5. ^ Heller, Joseph and Vogel, Speed No Laughing Matter (Putnam 1986)