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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Walter Braden Finney  

Pen Name: Jack Finney

Genre: Fiction Science Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1911 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

-- Walter Braden Finney on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Jack attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, graduating in 1934.

Biographical and Professional Information

When Finney was born he was given the name John Finney. After his father died when he was three years old, he was renamed Walter Braden Finney in honor of his father, but continued to be known as "Jack" throughout his life. After graduating from Knox College he married and moved to New York City and took a job in advertising. In the early 1950's he moved with his family to California to write.Fnney's novel The Body Snatchers was the basis for the 1956 movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers (and its remakes). It tells the story of aliens who invade Earth by emerging from pods and taking over the bodies of humans.Another novel, Assault on a Queen became a film with Frank Sinatra as the leader of a gang that pulls a daring robbery of the RMS Queen Mary.

Selected Titles At Your Library

From time to time :
ISBN: 0684818442. OCLC Number: 31206124

Simon & Schuster,. .

The continuing escapades of Simon Morley, a time-travelling New York advertising executive engaged in a U.S. government program to change history. Morley, who now has a wife in the 19th Century, returns to the present to take his orders for his next assignment: prevent the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and avert the outbreak of World War I. By the author of Time and Again.

Marion's wall
ISBN: 1568494130. OCLC Number: 617983

Buccaneer Books, Incorporated. .

The body snatchers /
ISBN: 0575085312. OCLC Number: 642285823

Gollancz,. .

The night people /
ISBN: 0671821563. OCLC Number: 37382207

Pocket Books,. .

Time and again /
ISBN: 0684801051. OCLC Number: 34414571

Scribner Paperback Fiction,. .

Simon Morley is selected by a secret government agency to test Einstein's theory of the past co-existing with the present and is transported back to 1880s New York.