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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Leslie Elson Waller  

Pen Name: Patrick Mann; C.S. Cody

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1923 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Leslie Elson Waller on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Waller the son of Ukrainian immigrants and was born in Chicago, Illinois. He suffered from amblyopia and poliomyelitis as a child, but graduated from Hyde Park High School by the age of 16.

Biographical and Professional Information

Waller was interested in writing from an early age, and became a police reporter before he went to Wilson Junior College. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and continued to write, never leaving the US while enlisted. After World War II, he attended the University of Chicago and earned his M.A. from Columbia University. His first published novel under his own name was Three Day Pass. Before that, he published Lie Like a Lady under the pseudonym C.S. Cody. During his lifetime he lived in Calabria, Italy, London and Naples, Florida. In addition to his writing for adults he authored a children's series, Books to begin on.Three of Waller's books have been adapted into films. A Change in the Wind was filmed by GSF Productions in 1972. Dog Day Afternoon , featuring Al Pacino, was released by Warner Bros. in 1975 and was nominated for a number of Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Picture. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced Hide in Plain Sight in 1980.Leslie Waller was also a writer for the 1981 television series "Falcon Crest".

Published Works

  • Clothing a Book To Begin On, Holt, Rinehart and Winston , 1969
  • New Sound, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969
  • The Banker, Dell Books, 1973
  • A Change in the Wind, Mayflower, 1974
  • The Family, Mayflower, 1975
  • Hide in Plain Sight : the True Story of How the United States Government and Organized Crime Kept a Man from His Own Children , Delacorte Press, 1976
  • Blood and Dreams, Jove Press, 1982
  • Dog Day Afternoon (As Patrick Mann), Dell Publishing, 1975
  • Game Plan, Bantam, 1984
  • Comeback, Severen House, 1997

Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 0030724759. OCLC Number:

Holt, Rinehart and Winston. New York,. [1969]

A simple history of clothing from primitive times to the mid-twentieth century emphasizing changes in style and manufacture.

Hide in plain sight :
ISBN: 0440036666. OCLC Number:

Delacorte Press,. New York :. ©1976.

Blood and dreams /
ISBN: 0515064262. OCLC Number:

Jove,. New York :. 1982, ©1980.

Gameplan /
ISBN: 055324244X. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York, N.Y. :. 1984, ©1983.

Comeback /
ISBN: 072785240X. OCLC Number:

Severn House,. London ;. 1997.