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Author Information: Manly Wade Wellman

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(1903 - 1986)
Wellman's body of work was outside the SF and Fantasy field; not because he wrote so little of it but because he wrote a huge amount of everything else. While he achieved awards for his mystery and fantasy work, Wade also excelled in westerns, Civil War history, and biography (a field that garnered a Pulitzer nomination). Beginning his writing career in the early Depression years, Wellman averaged 8 to 10 thousand words a day for almost a decade. He sold continually to all of the SF pulps. That pace slowed as research demands for non-fiction increased.

Wellman moved to North Carolina in 1945. Only one member of a family of writers...a large body of the Wellman Family Archive has been deposited at Wichita State University in Kansas. Another large archive, reported to be Wade's personal file is in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Awards won by Wellman include the 1946 Ellery Queen; 1955 Mystery Writer's Edgar; 1975 WFA for Best Anthology; the 1980 World Fantasy Award and the 1985 British Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Wellman's name has also been placed in North Carolina's Literary Hall of Fame.




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