Edward Everett Tanner III

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General Information

Name: Edward Everett Tanner III

Pen Name: Patrick Dennis, Virginia Rowans

Genres: Fiction

Born: 1921 in Evanston, Illinois

Deceased: 1976 in Manhattan, New York City, NY

Illinois Connection

Tanner was born in Chicago and was raised in Evanston. He attended Evanston Township High School.

Biographical and Professional Information

Edward Tanner was better known by his pen names Patrick Dennis and Virginia Rowans. His novel Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade was one of the bestselling American books of the 20th century. It became the basis of a stage play, a film, a stage musical, and a film musical.

The first edition of Auntie Mame spent 112 weeks on the bestseller list, selling more than 2,000,000 copies in five different languages. At the height of its popularity, it was selling more than 1,000 copies a day; throughout 1955 and 1956, it sold between 1,000 and 5,000 a week. In 1956, with Auntie Mame, The Loving Couple: His (and Her) Story, and Guestward, Ho!, Dennis became the first writer ever to have three books on the New York Times bestseller list at the same time.

Published Works

Written as Virginia Rowans

  • Oh What a Wonderful Wedding!, Crowell, 1953
  • House Party, Crowell, 1954
  • The Loving Couple: His (and Her) Story, Crowell, 1956
  • Love and Mrs. Sargent, Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1961

Written as Patrick Dennis

  • Auntie Mame, Vanguard Press, 1955
  • Guestward, Ho! by Barbara C. Hooton, as indiscreetly confided to Patrick Dennis, Vanguard Press, 1956
  • The Pink Hotel, Putnam, 1957 - written with Dorothy Erskine
  • Around the World with Auntie Mame, New American Library, 1958
  • Little Me: The Intimate Memoirs of that Great Star of Stage, Screen and Television, Belle Poitrine as told to Patrick Dennis, E.P. Dutton, 1961
  • Genius, Harcourt, 1962
  • First Lady: My Thirty Days Upstairs at the White House, by Martha Dinwiddie Butterfield, as told to Patrick Dennis, William Morrow, 1964
  • The Joyous Season, Harcourt, Brace & World, 1965
  • Tony, E.P. Dutton, 1966
  • How Firm a Foundation, William Morrow, 1968
  • Paradise, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971
  • 3-D, Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1972 - published in the UK as Anything You Like in 1974

Titles at Your Library

Oh, what a wonderful wedding

Release Date: 1953

House Party

Release Date: 1958

Love And Mrs. Sargent

ASIN: B000O9KA34
Release Date: 1961

Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade

ISBN: 9780767908191
Release Date: 2001-09-11

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The Pink Hotel

ASIN: B0006AV17U
Release Date: 1957

Around the World With Auntie Mame

ISBN: 0767915852
Release Date: 2003-09-16

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Release Date: 1971

The Joyous Season

ISBN: 0971461228
Release Date: 2002-08-28

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ASIN: B0000CN3O2
Release Date: 1966

How Firm a Foundation

ISBN: 0213177935
Release Date: 1969-03

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ISBN: 0151709653
Release Date: 1971

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Literary Awards

External Links

Edward Everett Tanner III on WorldCat


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