Max Simon Ehrlich

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Max Ehrlich
Born Max Simon Ehrlich
(1909-10-10)October 10, 1909
Springfield, Massachusetts, US
Died February 11, 1983(1983-02-11) (aged 73)
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Education University of Michigan
Period 1940-1981
Genre Mystery, science fiction
Children 2

Max Simon Ehrlich (October 10, 1909 – February 11, 1983) was an American writer. He is best known for the novel The Reincarnation of Peter Proud and the movie of the same name.[1]


Early life and education[edit]

Max Simon Ehrlich was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on October 10, 1909 to Simon and Sarah Ehrlich. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1933.[1][2]


Ehrlich began his career in newspapers, working as a correspondent for the Albany, New York Knickerbocker Press and Evening News during his college years, then after graduating as a feature writer for the Springfield, Massachusetts Republican. From there he turned to radio, working as the chief writer of the script division of WSPR in 1938 and 1939, in the script division of the American Jewish Committee from 1939 to 1941, and from 1941 to 1945 he was the assistant script director of the radio division of the American Red Cross.[1][2]

After 1945, Ehrlich was a novelist, playwright, and television dramatist. He wrote radio scripts for such series as The Big Story, The Shadow, Big Town, and Mr. and Mrs. North. He also adapted many novels, plays, and short stories for radio. His television work includes scripts for the series Barney Blake, The Big Story, The Defenders, The Nurses, The United States Steel Hour, and Star Trek (episode "The Apple").[1][2]

Marriage and children[edit]

He married and had two daughters. His daughter, Amy Ehrlich, is a writer of books for children.

Death and afterward[edit]

Max Simon Ehrlich died on February 11, 1983.

Published works[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d "Cinema: Small Moments". Time. 1975-05-26. 
  2. ^ a b c "Max Simon Ehrlich Papers, 1939-1964". University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.  Finding aid for papers in Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, with linked "Biography/History".
  3. ^ "Books -- Authors". The New York Times. June 26, 1964. p. 26. A novel about the crew of a nuclear submarine, Deep Is the Blue by Max Ehrlich, will be issued by Doubleday next Friday. 
  4. ^ Cromie, Alice (March 18, 1979). "Mystery & Suspense". Chicago Tribune. p. E7. 

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