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The author and political scientist Eugene Burdick was born in 1918 in Sheldon, Iowa, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 4. Burdick attended Stanford University and Oxford University where he earned a Ph.D. degree in psychology. In 1956 his critically acclaimed novel The Ninth Wave was published and in 1958 his controversial bestseller The Ugly American appeared, which he co-authored with William J. Lederer. In the following years Burdick continued to publish books and articles, including the 1962 Fail-Safe, co-authored with Harvey Wheeler. In 1965 he died of a heart attack at the age of 46.
C. Pummer and J. Roethler
This collection contains a typescript of Burdick's book The Blue of Capricorn and the serialized version of his story Fail-Safe that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in 1962.
The typescript of The Blue of Capricorn
was given to the University of Iowa Libraries by E ugene Burdick in 1961.
ugene Burdick in 1961.
Guide posted to Internet: August 2004
The Bitter Cost of Sweet Charity." Reprint
The Blue of Capricorn
Carbon typescript (2 folders)
"Saturday Evening Post," serialized version -- October 1962