William Edmund Barrett

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William Edmund Barrett (November 16, 1900 – September 14, 1986) was an American author.

Born in New York City, he studied at Manhattan College. He married Christine M. Rollman on February 15, 1925. He worked as an aeronautics consultant with the Denver Public Library from 1941 on. He received a citation from Regis College in 1956. He was a member of PEN and the Authors League of America. Barrett was a Roman Catholic.[citation needed]

He was a member of the National Press Club of Washington, D.C. and the Colorado Authors League, serving as its president from 1943-1944.

Three of his novels were made into films: The Left Hand of God, starring Humphrey Bogart; Lilies of the Field, featuring Sidney Poitier; and Pieces of Dreams, based on The Wine and the Music.


  • Woman on Horseback (1938)
  • The Edge of Things (1938)
  • Flight from Youth (1939)
  • The Last Man (1946)
  • The Evil Heart (1946)
  • The Number of My Days (1946)
  • Man from Rome (1949)
  • The Left Hand of God (1951)
  • To the Last Man (1952)
  • Shadows of the Images (1953)
  • Sudden Strangers (1956)
  • The Empty Shrine (1958)
  • Lilies of the Field (1962)
  • The Fools of Time (1963)
  • Shepherd of Mankind (1964)
  • The Red-Laquered Gate (1967)
  • The Wine and the Music (1968)
  • Pieces of Dreams (1968)
  • A Woman in the House (1971)
  • The Shape of Illusion (1972)
  • The Lady of the Lotus (1975)

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