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Full Name:
Allan W. Eckert
Place of Residence:
Bellefontaine, Ohio, USA
Buffalo, New York, USA
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Author Biography: Author Bio:Allan W. Eckert is an historian, naturalist, novelist, poet, screenwriter and playwright. The author of thirty-nine published books, he has been nominated on seven separate occasions for the Pulitzer Prize in literature and, in 1985, was recipient of an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. In 1998 he received his second honorary doctorate, also in Humane Letters, from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to his books, he has written and had published over 150 articles, essays, and short stories, as well as considerable poetry, a major outdoor drama, and screenplays for several movies. Most noted for his historical and natural history books, Dr. Eckert's works have been translated into thirteen foreign languages around the world. A number of his books have been selections of Reader's Digest Condensed Books and several have been major book club selections. The seven of his books that have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in literature include A Time of Terror: The Great Dayton Flood (history), Wild Season (fiction), The Silent Sky (fiction), The Frontiersmen (history), Wilderness Empire (history), The Conquerors (history), and A Sorrow in Our Heart: The Life of Tecumseh (biography). Dr. Eckert's varied writing includes over 225 television shows which he wrote for the renowned Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom series and for this writing he received, in 1970, an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the category of outstanding program achievement. He is playwright of the acclaimed outdoor drama entitled Tecumseh! which, in 1997, celebrated its 25th year of production at the multi-million-dollar Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheater near Chillicothe, Ohio, and which has been described as the finest outdoor theater production in America. Over that quarter-century, the production has been attended by more than two million people. For this drama and his other writings, he received from the Scioto Society, in 1987 the Second Annual Silver Arrow Humanitarian Award for his contributions to the human spirit and knowledge as an author

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