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About the Author:
London-based playwright and close friend of Sean Connery, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Bertold Brecht, and Zero Mostel, Ted Allan was also the author of the million-copy best-selling The Scalpel, The Sword, a fictionalized biography of Dr Norman Bethune which was made into a Hollywood movie starring Donald Sutherland. Born in Montreal, Allan was twice married, worked as a journalist in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War, moved to Los Angeles in the late forties and was eventually blacklisted in his Hollywood screenwriting years during the McCarthy period when in response to the standard, dreary HUAC question: “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?,” he cracked wise —“We aren't allowed to tell!” Allan is the author of Gog and Magog, a play which still holds the longevity record for performances in Paris, and penned the London Times Literary Award-winning children's story Willie the Squouse.