Frederick J. Pohl

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Frederick Julius Pohl (August 18, 1889 – February 21, 1991) was a prolific playwright, literary critic, editor and book writer. He is best known for his books espousing speculative and controversial historical theories of Pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact by Europeans, including the Vikings and others.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Pohl was the husband of playwright/author Josephine McIlvain Pollitt (October 15, 1890 - August 1978; married Frederick in May 1926) and later Loretta M. Baker (née Champagne, 1906 - April 27, 2002; married Frederick in 1980). He graduated from Amherst College in 1911 and from Columbia University in 1914 with a Master of Arts.

Other works[edit]

  • Cook, F. A., ed., Return from the Pole (New York: Pellegrini & Cudahy, 1951).
  • Amerigo Vespucci: Pilot Major (New York: Octagon Books, 1966).
  • Like to the Lark: The Early Years of Shakespeare (New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1972).
  • William Shakespeare: A Biography (Rochester, NY: Dupont Books, 1983).
  • The New Columbus (Rochester, NY: Dupont Books, 1986).


  1. ^ Pohl, F. J., The Lost Discovery. Uncovering the Track of the Vikings in America (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1952).
  2. ^ Pohl, The Vikings on Cape Cod: Evidence from an Archaeological Discovery (Pictou, NS: Pictou Advocate Press, 1957).
  3. ^ Pohl, Atlantic Crossings Before Columbus (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1961).
  4. ^ Pohl, The Viking Explorers (New York: Crown, 1966).
  5. ^ Pohl, The Viking Settlements of North America (New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1972).
  6. ^ Pohl, Prince Henry Sinclair: His Expedition To The New World In 1398 (London: Davis-Poynter, 1974; New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1974).