A.E. Hotchner may not be a name that is familiar to you, but this author, editor, biographer and playwright had a prolific career that spanned from the 1950’s until his death at the age of 102.
Hotchner grew up in St.Louis Missouri during the great depression; a time which he chronicled in his two memoirs King of the Hill and Looking for Miracles: A memoir about loving, which Kevin Sullivan adapted into a Disney movie, following the success of Anne of Green Gables.
Hotchner worked his way to a scholarship to Washington University and then joined the United States Air Force during World War II, an experience he wrote about in his book The Day I Fired Alan Ladd, and Other World War II Adventures.
He was perhaps best known as the author of close friend of Ernest Hemingway's biography, Papa Hemingway, as well as for his teleplay adaptations of Hemingway’s works The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Killers and The Fifth Column.