Pat Frank (1908-1964) became the pen name for Harry Hart Frank, an American book writer. He received popularity for his work named Forbidden Area and Alas, Babylon (1959). Born in Chicago, Frank became a journalist and worked for many agencies and newspapers. He mostly lived in New York City, Washington. During World War II, he became a correspondent in Turkey, Germany and Italy. Frank enjoyed writing post-apocalyptic books, for example, Alas, Babylon. Frank’s work developed the basis for TV and film productions. For example, Man’s Favorite Sport (1964) and Hold Back the Night (1951). Forbidden Area turned into a television anthology series Playhouse 90. He also wrote the original play for the Bay of Pigs (1963) drama named We Shall Return. During 1961 he received the American Heritage Foundation Award.
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