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|Title:||I Married a Dead Man|
|Publisher:||J. B. Lippincott Company|
|Tags:||crime, fiction, suspense, film/TV adaptation|
Pregnant, abandoned by her lover, and desperate, Helen boards a train heading west. She meets Patrice, a happy young expectant mother who’s traveling with her husband, Hugh, to meet his family for the first time. Patrice lets Helen try on her wedding-band—just before the train crashes, killing Patrice and Hugh. Thinking Helen is their widowed daughter-in-law, Hugh’s family welcomes her into their rich and loving home. For the first time, Helen’s life is good—until her ex-lover comes to town with blackmail on his mind.
The films J’ai épousé une ombre (1983) and No Man of Her Own (1950) starring Barbara Stanwyck are based on the book. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Hopley-Woolrich, Cornell George
Cornell George Hopley-Woolrich (4 April 1903—25 September 1968) was an American novelist and short story writer who wrote under the names Cornell Woolrich, George Hopley and William Irish. His biographer Francis Nevins Jr. rated him the 4th best crime writer of his day behind Dashiell Hammett, Eric Stanley Gardner and Raymond Chandler.
Like Chandler, little is known about his personal life. Woolrich was born in New York City and his parents separated when he was young. He lived for a time in Mexico with his father before returning to New York to live with his mother. Attending Columbia University, he dropped out his senior year when his first novel “Cover Charge” was published. He continued writing and living with his mother. After she died, he socialized on occasion in Manhattan bars with Mystery Writers of America colleagues and younger fans, but alcoholism, diabetes, and an amputated leg left him a recluse.
Hopley-Woolrich throughout his writing career published 27 novels and 16 short story collections resulting in over 40 films and TV theatre episodes based on his stories. His most famous film adaptation is the movie “Rear Window” directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart, based on his story “It Had To Be Murder”.
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