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Subject: Writer Douglass Wallop was born 100 years ago today (died 1985)

Wrote the book that inspired "Damn Yankees"
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Date Posted: Sunday, March 08, 01:01:45pm
In reply to: Other birthdays, Mar. 8- 's message, "Jazz saxophonist George Coleman is 85 today" on Sunday, March 08, 12:48:34pm

John Douglass Wallop III (8 March 1920 1 April 1985) was an American novelist and playwright.

Early life

On March 8, 1920, Wallop was born as John Douglass Wallop III in Washington, DC. Wallop's parents were John Douglass Wallop Jr., an insurance agent, and Marjorie Ellis Wallop.

Wallop graduated from the University of Maryland in 1942, where he served as editor of "The Old Line", a student-run literary and humor magazine.


His first novel, 1953's Night Light, concerns a father's search into the background of his child's murderer. Anne Brooks of the New York Herald Tribune Book Review said he "created characters who are both real and colorful, and he has delved into a maniac's mind with considerable understanding." R.G. Peck wrote an article for the Chicago Sunday Tribune and said it was the "first novel that's well constructed, carefully written, and free of painful mannerisms." Al Hine of the Saturday Review said it's a "novel that is moving and tautly interesting from first page to last. Mr. Wallop writes fluently and without affectation, even when he is exploring the subcellars of bop."

He authored 13 works but is most famous for The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant (1954), which was adapted by Wallop and George Abbott into the Tony Award-winning musical Damn Yankees.

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