Harry Behn

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Harry Behn
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Born (1898-09-24)September 24, 1898
McCabe, Arizona, United States
Died September 6, 1973(1973-09-06) (aged 74)
Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
Spouse(s) Alice Lawrence (1905–1989)

Harry Behn (September 24, 1898 – September 6, 1973), also known as Giles Behn, was an American screenwriter and children's author.

He was involved in writing the screenplay for a number of films, including the war film The Big Parade in 1925, and Hell's Angels in 1930, that was directed by Howard Hughes. The Big Parade, which was silent, would later be overshadowed by the success of All Quiet on the Western Front.



  • Siesta (poetry), Golden Bough, 1931
  • The Little Hill, Harcourt, 1949.
  • All Kinds of Time, Harcourt, 1950.
  • Rhymes of the Times, under the pen name Jim Hill, published privately, 1950.
  • Windy Morning, Harcourt, 1953.
  • The House beyond the Meadow, Pantheon, 1955.
  • The Wizard in the Well, Harcourt, 1956.
  • Chinese Proverbs from Olden Times, Peter Pauper, 1956.
  • (Translator and illustrator) Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies, Peter Pauper, 1957.
  • The Painted Cave, Harcourt, 1957.
  • Timmy's Search, Seabury, 1958.
  • The Two Uncles of Pablo, Harcourt, 1959.
  • Sombra (poetry), Christtreau, 1961.
  • Roderick, Harcourt, 1961.
  • (Translator) 300 Classic Haiku, Peter Pauper, 1962.
  • (Translator, along with Peter Beilenson) Haiku Harvest: Japanese haiku. Series IV, Peter Pauper, 1962.
  • The Faraway Lurs, World Publishing, 1963.
  • (Translator) Cricket Songs: Japanese haiku, Harcourt, 1964.
  • Omen of the Birds, World Publishing, 1964.
  • The Golden Hive, Harcourt, 1957–1966.
  • Chrysalis: Concerning Children and Poetry, Harcourt, 1949–1968.
  • What a Beautiful Noise, World Publishing, 1970.
  • (Translator) More Cricket Songs: Japanese haiku, Harcourt, 1971.
  • Crickets and Bullfrogs and Whispers of Thunder: Poems and Pictures, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Harcourt, 1949–1984.
  • Trees: A Poem, illustrated by James Endicott, H. Holt (New York, NY), 1992.
  • Halloween, illustrated by Greg Couch, North-South (New York, NY), 2003.
  • The Grand Canyon: an ode, under the pseudonym Giles Behn, 150 copies published privately (date unknown).



Book Poems: Poems from National Children's Book Week 1959–1998, page 26. Children's Book Council, 1998.
Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2003.
Rememberings, by Alice Lawrence Behn Goebel, edited by Pamela Behn Adam. Published privately, 1983[?].
St. James Guide to Children's Writers, 5th ed. St. James Press, 1999.
HARRY BEHN DEAD; AN EARLY SCENARIST (obituary on page 38 of the New York Times, Monday, September 10, 1973)

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