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Author Information: Gerald Kersh

 
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Born on August 6th, 1911, in Teddington-on-Thames, Gerald Kersh died on November 5th, 1968 leaving a picaresque legend and a body of writing considered by some the equal of any in English literature. When Gerald was two, and had just been pronounced dead of lung congestion, he demonstrated the stubbornness that was to characterize many of his future encounters with authority by immediately sitting up and beginning to scream. From his earliest years he wanted to be a writer, and at the age of eight self-published (one copy) his earliest work, "Tom and Tilly Tadpole". His first commercially published novel, Jews Without Jehovah (Wishart, 1934) was so enthusiastically autobiographical that it was pulled from the stands half a day after first going on sale, suits of criminal libel having been brought against it by three uncles and one cousin of the author. It is therefore an exceptionally rare book, and if you found a copy, you could name your own price. Despite the briefness of its commercial career, it brought him favorable critical notice, presaging the success of Night and the City in 1938. The atrocities and braveries of WWII, and Kersh's own experiences with the military (at one point he deserted, in order to get to the front, and got away with it) inspired a number of later books. In the 1950's and 60's Kersh was particularly acclaimed for his short stories, often with a weird twist, which appeared in such venues as Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post.

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