Brown, Harry (1917 - 1986)

Genre: Drama/Theatre/Film, General Fiction, Poetry

Poet, novelist and Academy Award-winning screen-writer Harry Brown was born in Portland, ME. He attended Harvard but dropped out in his sophomore year to write poetry. In 1941, he published his acclaimed poem The Poem of Bunker Hill. In July of 1941, he joined the Army Air Corps and the staff of Yank magazine where he wrote under the nom de plume of Pfc. Artie Geengroin. He wrote the book A Walk in the Sun upon which the movie A Place in the Sun was based. He also wrote the Academy Award-winning screenplay for that film. He died in 1986 of emphysema.

Selected Bibliography

Books and Poems

  • The End of a Decade (1940)
  • The Poem of Bunker Hill (1941)
  • The Violent : New Poems (c1943)
  • A Walk in the Sun (1944)
  • Artie Greengroin, Pfc (1945)


  • The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
  • A Place in the Sun Academy Award (1951)
  • Ocean's Eleven (1960)