Harry Hart Frank Jr.|
May 5, 1908
Chicago, Illinois, US
October 12, 1964 (aged 56)|
Atlantic Beach, Florida, US
|Occupation||Journalist and author|
|Alma mater||University of Florida|
|Notable works||Alas, Babylon, Mr. Adam|
Perry Frank |
Pat Frank (May 5, 1908 – October 12, 1964) was the pen name of the American writer, newspaperman, and government consultant Harry Hart Frank. Frank's best known work is the 1959 post-apocalyptic novel Alas, Babylon. His other books include Mr. Adam, Hold Back the Night, and Forbidden Area.
Frank was born in Chicago in 1908. He was a journalist and information handler for several newspapers, agencies, and government bureaus. During his early career, he lived mainly in New York City, Washington, and overseas during World War II. He worked for the Office of War Information and was a correspondent in Italy, Austria, Germany, and Turkey. He died on October 12, 1964 in Atlantic Beach, Florida, just east of Jacksonville, at age 56 due to acute pancreatitis.
Frank wrote his most popular work, the post-apocalyptic novel Alas, Babylon, while living in Tangerine, Florida, on Lake Beauclaire near Mount Dora. Vivian Owens, an author familiar with local history, states that "Pistolville", the name Frank gave to an area near Fort Repose in the novel, was in fact a location situated between the southern edge of Mount Dora to its north and Tangerine to its south.[page needed] According to Owens, greater Mount Dora was intended by Frank to be the model for his semi-fictional Fort Repose.
Frank also wrote a 160-page non-fiction book, How To Survive the H Bomb And Why (1962).
Frank's fiction provided the basis for several TV dramas and two feature films, the 1956 drama Hold Back the Night and Howard Hawks' 1964 comedy Man's Favorite Sport? (based on Frank's short story "The Girl Who Almost Got Away"). His novel Forbidden Area was adapted by Rod Serling for the 1957 debut episode of the television anthology series Playhouse 90, starring Charlton Heston. An April 3, 1960 episode of Playhouse 90 featured Alas, Babylon, starring Don Murray and Dana Andrews.
Frank received the American Heritage Foundation Award in 1961.
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- Owens, Vivian W. The Mount Dorans: African American History Notes of a Florida Town. Waynesboro, VA: Eschar Publications, 2000. ISBN 0-9623839-8-8.