John Sanford was born on 31st May, 1904. His first novel, The Water Wheel, was published in 1933. This was followed by The Old Man's Place (1935). This book led to a contract with Paramount Pictures. However, the only screenplay he wrote that was filmed was Honky Tonk (1941).
Sanford was a member of the American Communist Party and in 1951 he was ordered to appear before the House of Un-American Activities Committee. Sanford refused to name fellow members of the party.
Sanford and his screenwriter wife, Marguerite Roberts, were now blacklisted. Sanford returned to writing books. This included The Land That Touches Mine (1953), A View From This Wilderness (1977), To Feed Their Hopes: A book of American Women (1980), A Man Without Shoes (1982), and The Winters of that Country (1984). He also wrote a three volume autobiography Scenes From the Life of an American Jew and a memoir of his wife, A Palace of Silver.
John Sanford died on 6th March, 2003.
John Sanford -- blacklisted writer of history
The author of 24 published books who was often compared to William Carlos Williams and John Dos Passos, Mr. Sanford died of an aortic aneurysm March 6 at a hospital near his home in Montecito (Santa Barbara County), said his grandnephew, Jerry Gustafson.
Mr. Sanford was perhaps best known for "A More Goodly Country," which was published in 1975. One in a series of unique historical works, it earned critical acclaim as a literary and profoundly personal examination of the American experience, beginning with early encounters with the continent by Leif Ericson.
A Communist for most of his long life who never renounced his membership despite a decade on the blacklist, Mr. Sanford wrote unforgivingly about dark passages in American history, such as slavery and the execution of anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in 1927.
A stubbornly principled man, he would not soften his views in exchange for commercial success. Unruly in his refusals to moderate or bend, he stubbed out publishers like cigarettes. None of his books made money.
Yet he continued to write daily even as he approached his 99th birthday, stopping only a month ago when his vision finally failed him.
His constant subject over the last decade was his beloved wife, screenwriter Marguerite Roberts, who died in 1989. His last book about her, "A Palace of Silver," published by Capra Press in January, earned him a measure of attention that had mostly eluded him during a seven-decade career.
"He was a consummate writer (who) was never willing to make any kind of U- turn or concession toward greater commercial success. At heart he felt that was a virtue," said Richard Barre, associate publisher at Capra.
Mr. Sanford was born Julian Lawrence Shapiro on May 31, 1904, in the Harlem section of New York City. A descendant of Russian immigrants, he was trained as a lawyer with the intention of practicing alongside his father, Philip. What altered the course of his life -- and eventually led to his changing his name -- was an encounter with a childhood friend, writer Nathanael West.
He was in his last year of law school at Fordham University when he ran into West on a New Jersey golf course in 1927. Feeling proud of his law studies, "I felt I had the edge," he said, when his old friend asked what he was up to. When Mr. Sanford asked the same of West, he received an answer that sundered his world.
"Quite casually, as if he were merely buffing his nails, (West) said, 'I'm writing a book.' He floored me -- writing a book!" Mr. Sanford recalled in a 1986 interview in Contemporary Authors. "Right there on that golf course, the law dwindled to nothing despite the fact that I came from a family of lawyers. I knew nothing at all about writing, but I did know that I meant to be a writer."
Within a few years of renouncing the law practice for which he had been groomed, he had stories published in Paris literary journals. In 1933, his first novel, "The Water Wheel," appeared.
In 1936, Paramount invited him to Hollywood and signed him to a six-month contract. He met Roberts there and married her in 1938, launching an extraordinarily devoted partnership that would endure for 50 years.
After she and Mr. Sanford collaborated on "Honky Tonk," a 1941 romantic Western that starred Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Lana Turner, he was offered a screenwriting contract by MGM, which already employed his wife. But Roberts was against his signing it.
"She said, 'If you sign that contract, you're never going to write another book. I can support us,' " said Jack Mearns, Mr. Sanford's literary executor.
Mr. Sanford took her advice and went home to spend the rest of his life writing. In response to the anti-Semitism of the times, he gave up his given name for Sanford, at the urging of his friend West. Roberts became one of the most highly paid screenwriters in the business, churning out hits for such stars as Robert Mitchum, Robert Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Gable and Turner.
There have been two made for TV movies made from his works. The first one was in 1999 called Mind Prey. it featured Eriq La Salle as Lucas Davenport. The other made for TV movie was Certain Prey, which came out in 2011. This one starred Mark Harmon as Davenport.
John Sandford has written some great novels in his time, but some have stood out more for fans. Two of the books that Sandford is most known for are “Certain Prey” and “Eyes of Prey”. Two of his most known villains are found in these two books and would later get their own sequels to conclude their arcs.
Certain Prey: introduces readers to villain Carmel Rinker. She would later appear in “Mortal Prey”. Readers feel sympathetic (and even like her, in some cases) towards her because she was raped and later took care of the man who raped her. She is a villain because she is a killer. Over the course of the events in “Certain Prey”, she becomes friends with a lawyer. Of the reviews on Amazon, 63% of them were five star reviews.
Eyes of Prey: This one features villain Dr. Bekker (who would return in “Silent Prey”). Unlike Rinker, Dr. Bekker is not someone fans like. He has been compared to Hannibal Lecter for the way that he kills his victims. Davenport, after working some nasty cases, is not quite a hundred percent to solve the case, that starts out with a woman being murdered. The only clue that Lucas can work with at the beginning is that a troll looking man with a scarred face was seen near the crime scene. Of the reviews on Amazon, 66% were five star reviews.
Bad Blood: In addition to the Prey series, John Sandford has also written the Virgil Flowers series which has gotten excellent reviews from fans and reviewers alike. It is a spin-off from the main Lucas Davenport/Prety series and stars Virgil Flowers as a thrice-divorced, affable member of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Many fans think Bad Blood is the book where Virgil Flowers really starts to match Lucas Davenport in terms of story quality and intrigue. The story begins with a young man just out of high school murdering a local farmer, trying to make it look like an accident. When he is arrested for the crime, he’s found dead in his jail cell under very fishy circumstances and no one knows why he did the original crime. It’s on Virgil to figure out why and solve the case in this book filled with twists and exciting action scene.
Deep Freeze: The most recent Virgil Flowers book is also one of the best in the series. This one takes the theme of High School being murder and taking it to it’s extreme. A 25-year high school reunion is coming up in a small Minnesota town and a woman has been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. In order to figure out who did it, Virgil must ingratiate himself with the class and dig in to years of drama, bad blood and feuds. This is beloved by most fans and has some of the funnier elements of any Virgil Flowers book.
Publication Order of Lucas Davenport vs. Lincoln Rhyme Short Stories/Novellas
|Dark of the Moon||(2004)||Amazon US | Amazon UK|
|Heat Lightning||(2008)||Amazon US | Amazon UK|
|Rough Country||(2009)||Amazon US | Amazon UK|
|Bad Blood||(2010)||Amazon US | Amazon UK|
|Shock Wave||(2011)||Amazon US | Amazon UK|
|Mad River||(2012)||Amazon US | Amazon UK|
|Storm Front||(2013)||Amazon US | Amazon UK|
|Deadline||(2014)||Amazon US | Amazon UK|
|Escape Clause||(2016)||Amazon US | Amazon UK|
|Deep Freeze||(2017)||Amazon US | Amazon UK|
|Holy Ghost||(2018)||Amazon US | Amazon UK|
|Bloody Genius||(2019)||Amazon US | Amazon UK|
|Ocean Prey||(2021)||Amazon US | Amazon UK|
Sanford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Sanford reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sanford family lived in Sandford in Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, and in Shropshire. These place names come from the Old English words "sand," and "ford." However, the name also seems to have arrived with the Normans, among whom were Ralph and Richard de Sanfort, Normandy. 
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Early Origins of the Sanford family
The surname Sanford was first found in Shropshire at Sandford, where Thomas de Saundford, one of the "companions in arms" of William I was given lands, for his assistance. He is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. "Richard de Sanford was certainly seated at Sandford soon after the Conquest, and which has ever since remained their principal seat."  
Sandford Hall, near Whitchurch survives today. This county house is thought to have been built between 1700 and 1750 and at the time of writing is up for sale. Thorpe-Salvin in the West Riding of Yorkshire was home to a branch of the family. "It was anciently the property of the Salvin family, and subsequently of the Sandfords, by whom the now ruined Hall was erected about the middle of the 16th century." 
Another early record of the family was Fulk de Sandford (d. 1271), also called Fulk de Basset, Archbishop of Dublin, nephew of Sir Philip Basset. "There was a Richard de Sandford, a prebendary of St. Paul's in 1241, and John de Sandford, (died 1294) Archbishop of Dublin, was Fulk Sandford's brother, and is known to be illegitimate." 
The variant Sande or Sende could have originated in Send, a parish, in the union of Guildford, Second division of the hundred of Woking in Surrey.  "A priory of Black canons, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Thomas à Becket, was founded in the time of Richard I., at Newark, in the parish, by Ruald de Calva and Beatrix his wife." 
Indeed, we found two early listings of the family with very early spellings: William de Sandes in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1205 and Walter de la Sonde in the Feet of Fines of 1248. Both were found in Surrey at the time. 
Today in History, Dr. John Morgan, who delivered 4,000+ babies, dies
Today in Sanford history, Dr. John Mettinger Morgan, a popular OB/GYN who delivered more than 4,000 babies during his 35 year career, died. He was 83 years old. It was March 28, 2005.
Born Sept. 28, 1921, Dr. Morgan was a third generation Sanford resident. His grandfather was John K. Mettinger, a merchant who had store at 106-108 W 1st St. Today that location is the small public parking lot at the northwest corner of 1st Street and Park Avenue, across from Christo’s
Dr. Morgan graduated from Seminole High School, the University of Florida and Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta.
After graduating from Emory, Dr. Morgan returned to Sanford and opened his office in downtown. According to the December 1956 issue of Shield & Diamond, the national magazine for the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Dr. Morgan listed his address as 318 E. 1st St. That would have been the McLander Arcade Building. That building was torn down in 1980. Today it’s the public parking lot is at Sanford Avenue and 1st Street.The McLander Arcade Building at 1st Street and Sanford Avenue, where Dr. John Mettinger Morgan had his first office.
Dr. Morgan was active in the community, and served as the team doctor for the Seminole High School football team from 1951 to 1976. He was the only OB/GYN to hold that title in school history.
Dr. Morgan was also an avid tennis player, and was inducted into the Seminole High School and Emory University sports halls of fame. From 1976 to 1993, he was ranked in the Top 10 of senior tennis players in the state of Florida. The tennis facilities at Seminole High School, Dr. John M. Morgan Tennis Center, are named for him.
John Sandford American Journalist
John Sandford was previously married to Susan Lee Jones (1965 - 2007) .
John Sandford is a 77 year old American Journalist born on 23rd February, 1944 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. His zodiac sign is Pisces
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John Sandford, real name John Roswell Camp (born February 23, 1944), is a New York Times best-selling author, American novelist, a former journalist and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.
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Redd Foxx, original name John Elroy Sanford, (born December 9, 1922, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.—died October 11, 1991, Los Angeles, California), American comedian known for his raunchy stand-up routines. His style of comedy, which featured foul language and highly adult subject matter, influenced generations of comics. He was also a television actor, star of the hit television series Sanford and Son, which ran on NBC from 1972 to 1977.
While a struggling performer in New York City, Sanford adopted the name Redd Foxx. He performed comedy on the “chitlin circuit” of African American nightclubs during the 1940s and ’50s. By the 1960s, recordings of his comedy acts had become enormously popular among African Americans, though his albums were considered too racy for white audiences and were rarely available in stores with predominantly white customers.
In 1970 he gave a memorable comic performance in the hit film Cotton Comes to Harlem, and soon afterward he was approached by television producer Norman Lear about starring in the American version of the popular British sitcom Steptoe and Son. In Sanford and Son, Foxx played Fred Sanford (the name was taken from his brother), a junk dealer and widower living with his son in the Watts neighbourhood of Los Angeles. The show was a major success, but a dispute between Foxx and the producers over the direction of the show led to his departure in 1977. The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour (1977–78) and The Redd Foxx Show (1986) followed, but both shows were short-lived.
Foxx occasionally made films, including Harlem Nights (1989) with Eddie Murphy, but worked primarily as a Las Vegas headliner. He was shooting a new sitcom named The Royal Family when he died in 1991.
John Sanford - History
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John Sanford was born Julian L. Shapiro May 31, 1904. He died March 5, 2003. Sanford is the author of 24 books, including novels, creative interpretations of history, and several volumes of memoir and autobiography. The first volume of his autobiography, The Color of the Air, received a PEN award for best non-fiction. Sanford was also given the Los Angeles Times Lifetime Achievement Award. Sanford was married for over 50 years to screenwriter Marguerite Roberts, who is best known for scripting John Wayne's Oscar-winner, True Grit. Both Sanford and Roberts were blacklisted during the McCarthy era of the 1950s.
Sanford was inspired to write by his childhood acquaintance Nathanael West. William Carlos Williams, Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce were also important early influences on Sanford's themes and style. But Sanford was a true original whose body of work displays a style uniquely his own.
Sanford's titles include The Water Wheel, The Old Man's Place, Seventy Times Seven, The People from Heaven, A Man Without Shoes, The Land that Touches Mine, A More Goodly Country, Winters of that Country, The Color of the Air, Maggie: A Love Story, and A Palace of Silver.
During his later years, Sanford was variously described as the "most unjustly neglected major writer in America" and "America's greatest unread writer." Just before Sanford's death, the Los Angeles Times called him "an authentic hero of American letters."
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The Land that Touches Mine to be Reissued
First Two Novels of Warrensburg Trilogy Reissued
Brash Books has reissued the first two novels in Sanford's Warrensburg Trilogy: The Old Man's Place and Make My Bed in Hell (Seventy Times Seven). Both these novels have been out of print for over 60 years! Make My Bed in Hell is available in paperback and hardcover editions.
There is a piece on both novels on the Crimereads website.
Wrestling with America in John Sanford's The Land That Touches Mine
The new online journal The Artifa[ctuals] has a piece on Sanford: Wresting with America in John Sanford's The Land that Touches Mine by Jack Mearns. -->
Speaking in an Empty Room: The Selected Letters of John Sanford
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Sanford's First Novel Reissued
John Sanford Issued in Bloomsbury Reader/Amazon Kindle
John Sanford as Radical Regionalist
The January 2004 issue of Firsts, the book collector's magazine, has an article on John Sanford's life and work.
John Sanford is featured in Alan Wald's 2007 Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade. Prof. Wald also contributed the introduction to the reprint edition of Sanford's The People from Heaven.
Lisa A. Kirby published "Race among the Radicals: The Complicated Politics of Race and Class in John Sanford's The People from Heaven" in the 2008 A Class of Its Own: Re-Envisioning American Labor Fiction
John Sanford's correspondence, manuscripts, and papers are on deposit in the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center of the Library of Boston University.
John Sanford's literary executor is Jack Mearns. Click here for contact information.
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