Authors Who Made History: Robert Ludlum

Robert Ludlum was a drama graduate and became a very successful author. He was born on this day, 25th May, 1927 in New York City, US. He died in 2001, in Florida at the age of 73 after a ‘mysterious fire’. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Jonathon Ryder and Michael Shepherd.

From wiki: ‘…His theatrical experience may have contributed to his understanding of the energy, escapism and action that the public wanted in a novel. He once remarked: “I equate suspense and good theater in a very similar way. I think it’s all suspense and what-happens-next. From that point of view, yes, I guess, I am theatrical.”[5]

Ludlum’s books sold hundreds of millions of copies worldwide and were translated into 33 languages. Many of his books were adapted for film and television productions. Apparently the closest remakes to the original stories were television minseries. You may be familiar with this author’s name from the adaptations of his work toward block-busting movies such as the Bourne trilogy (Bourne Identity etc.)

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Hope you all have a good day. All apologies for my departure from usual post style. Maybe you prefer a compact quick-fire link drop? Feedback welcome – also any suggestions for culturally relevant well-known athors from any other global neighbour countries/continents would be welcomed by this particular feature contributor(UKbased). From my side of the net fence research is often mostly limited to mass-media popularisation and presentation from a western-centric (US-heavy) position. Maybe I should just try a little further but hints and tips appreciated 🙂

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