Ernest K(ellogg) Gann Introduction

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(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Ernest K(ellogg) Gann 1910–

American novelist, scriptwriter, short story writer, and autobiographer.

Gann, a former World War II flier and commercial pilot, is known for his aeronautical adventure fiction and his autobiographical documentary on aviation, Fate Is the Hunter. Such novels as The High and the Mighty and his recent The Aviator are studies of people caught in stressful situations.

Although Gann occasionally deviates from aviation stories, he is at his best conveying the technical details of airplanes and flying within the context of the adventure story. His historical novel The Antagonists was the basis for Masada, a television mini-series.

(See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 1-4, rev. ed. and Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 1.)