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Author Information: Jack Finney



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Jack Finney was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 2, 1911 with the given name John Finney. His father died when he was three years old and he was renamed Walter Braden Finney in honor of his father. Yet the nickname Jack remained with him throughout his life. He spent his childhood in Forest Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. His stepfather, Frank Berry, worked for the railroads and later for the Illinois phone company. Finney's mother never worked, although she was a very accomplished seamstress and woodworker. Finney has a half-sister, Elaine Mitchell, who lives in Alaska.

A graduate of Knox College, his first short story, "The Widow's Walk," won a contest sponsored by Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1946. In addition to publishing novels and short stories, he also contributed articles to a number of popular periodicals like "Cosmopolitan," "Good Housekeeping," and "Saturday Evening Post." He moved to Marin County, California in the early 1950s with his wife, Marguerite Guest, and their two children. Several of Finney's novels were adapted for the big screen, according to his filmography in the Internet Movie Database. Finney died of pneumonia and emphysema in 1995 at age 84 not long after finishing the long-awaited sequel to his classic novel "Time and Again."




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