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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Edward Everett Tanner III  

Pen Name: Patrick Dennis, Virginia Rowans

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1921 in Evanston, Illinois

-- Edward Everett Tanner III on WorldCat --

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, 1961Written 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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Auntie Mame :
ISBN: 0767908198. OCLC Number:

Broadway Books,. New York :. 2001.

When young Patrick is orphaned, he goes to live with a wealthy, unpredictable aunt in New York City.

Around the world with Auntie Mame /
ISBN: 0767915852. OCLC Number:

Broadway Books,. New York :. 2003.

Little me :
ISBN: 0767913477. OCLC Number:

Broadway Books,. New York :. 2002.

The joyous season /
ISBN: 0971461228. OCLC Number:

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Kerry, a wealthy and socially prominent New York City ten-year-old, describes how his parents' marriage falls apart on Christmas morning, and recounts their divorce, his mother's romance with her ambitious lawyer and his father's with a fashionably skinny magazine editor.

How firm a foundation /
ISBN: 0213177935. OCLC Number:

Barker,. London :. [1968]

ISBN: 0151709653. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. New York,. [1971]

When an earthquake separates an Acapulco resort, unforeseen results occur.