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Frederick Schiller Faust (May 29, 1892 – May 12, 1944) was an American author known primarily for his thoughtful and literary Westerns under the pen name Max Brand. His other pseudonyms include George Owen Baxter, Evan Evans, George Evans, David Manning, John Frederick, Peter Morland, George Challis, and Frederick Frost.Faust was born in Seattle to Gilbert Leander Faust and Louisa Elizabeth (Uriel) Faust, both of whom died when Faust was still a boy. He grew up in central California, and later worked as a cowhand on one of the many ranches of the San Joaquin Valley. Faust attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he began to write for student publications, poetry magazines, and newspapers. Failing to graduate, Faust joined the Canadian Army in 1915, but deserted the next year and moved to New York City.During the 1910s, Faust sold stories to the pulp magazines of Frank Munsey, including All-Story Weekly and Argosy Magazine. When the United States entered World War I in 1917, Faust tried to enlist but was rejected. He married Dorothy Schillig in 1917, and the couple had three children.In the 1920s, Faust wrote extensively for pulp magazines, especially Street & Smith’s Western Story Magazine, a weekly for which he would write over a million words a year under various pen names, often seeing two serials and a short novel published in a single issue. In 1921, he suffered a severe heart attack, and for the rest of his life suffered from chronic heart disease.His love for mythology was a constant source of inspiration for his fiction, and it has been speculated that these classical influences accounted in some part for his success as a popular writer. Many of his stories would later inspire films. He created the Western character Destry, featured in several cinematic versions of Destry Rides Again, and his character Dr. Kildare was adapted to motion pictures, radio, television, and comic books.In 1934 Faust began to write for upscale, slick magazines, often writing from a villa in Italy. In 1938, due to political events in Europe, he returned with his family to the United States and settled in Hollywood where he worked as a screenwriter for a number of film studios. At one point, Warner Brothers paid him $3,000 a week (a year’s salary for an average worker at the time), and he made a fortune from MGM’s Dr. Kildare adaptions. Faust became one of the highest paid writers of his day. Ironically, Faust disparaged his commercial success and used his real name only for the poetry that he regarded as his literary calling.When World War II began, Faust insisted on doing his part, and despite being well into middle age and having a heart condition, managed to become a front line war correspondent. Soldiers with whom he served reportedly enjoyed having this popular author among them. While traveling with American soldiers fighting in Italy in 1944, Faust was mortally wounded by shrapnel. He was personally commended for bravery by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Historian Arthur Herman recommends his book Fighter Squadron at Guadalcanal with enthusiasm (New York Post, June 2, 2012). Wikipedia

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3 Men in White 1944 characters
Uncertain Glory 1944 screenplay
The Desperadoes 1943 original story
Calling Dr. Gillespie 1942 characters
Powder Town 1942 novel
Dr. Kildare's Victory 1942 based on the characters created by
Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day 1941 based on the characters created by
The People vs. Dr. Kildare 1941 story
Dr. Kildare's Crisis 1940 story
Dr. Kildare Goes Home 1940 based on an original story by
Dr. Kildare's Strange Case 1940 story
Destry Rides Again 1939 suggested by novel "Destry Rides Again"
The Secret of Dr. Kildare 1939 story
Calling Dr. Kildare 1939 from an original story by
Young Dr. Kildare 1938 story
Internes Can't Take Money 1937 story
Destry Rides Again 1932 novel
A Holy Terror 1931 novel "Trailin'"
Fair Warning 1931 novel "The Untamed"
The Cavalier 1928 story "The Black Rider" - as Frederick Faust
The Flying Horseman 1926 story "Dark Rosaleen"
The Best Bad Man 1925 story "Senor Jingle Bells"
Against All Odds 1924 novel "Cuttles' Hired Man"
The Vagabond Trail 1924 novel "Donnegan" - as George Owen Baxter
Mile-a-Minute Romeo 1923 story "The Gun Gentleman"
Darkness 1923 Short story
The Gunfighter 1923 story "Hired Guns"
Three Who Paid 1923 story - as George Owen Baxter
Just Tony 1922 adapted from the novel by
The Fighting Streak 1922 novel "Free Range Lanning" - as George Owen Baxter
Iron to Gold 1922 story - as George Owen Baxter
Trailin' 1921 novel
The Night Horsemen 1921 novel
Shame 1921 magazine serial Clung
Children of the Night 1921 story
Tiger True 1921 story "Tiger"
A Thousand to One 1920 story "Fate's Honeymoon"
The Untamed 1920 novel
Kiss or Kill 1918 novelette Mr. Cinderella
Lawless Love 1918 story "Above the Law"
The Adopted Son 1917 story
Shoot First and Pray You Live (Because Luck Has Nothing to Do with It) 2008 book "Luck"
Destry reitet wieder 1966 TV Movie novella
Destry 1964 TV Series character - 13 episodes
Dr. Kildare 1961 TV Series story - 1 episode
Lux Video Theatre 1955 TV Series novel - 1 episode
Destry 1954 suggested by novel "Destry Rides Again"
Gruen Guild Theater 1952 TV Series story - 1 episode
My Outlaw Brother 1951 book "South of the Rio Grande"
Branded 1950 novel "Montana Rides" - as Evan Evans
Singing Guns 1950 novel
NBC Presents 1949 TV Series story - 1 episode
Dark Delusion 1947 character creator
Rainbow Over Texas 1946 story
Between Two Women 1945 characters

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1 Frederick Schiller Faust also wrote under the pseudonyms George Owen Baxter, Evan Evans, George Evans, David Manning, John Frederick, Peter Morland, George Challis, and Frederick Frost.
2 Faust's father was a lawyer, land speculator, bank president, and lumber-mill owner in Seattle and in California.
3 He had a weak heart and suffered a heart attack at the early age of 29. Despite this heart condition and already being into middle age, he volunteered for war correspondent duty in WWII. Hit by shrapnel, he asked medics to attend to the younger men first.
4 Estimated that he wrote 25 million words in his career, mostly in novels, short stories and screenplays
5 "Max Brand" was the most famous of his five pseudonyms.
6 Was a war correspondent for "Harper's" magazine during World War II covering the fighting against German forces in Italy when he was hit by shrapnel, and later died of his wounds. Fighting was so fierce at the time of his death that the people around him didn't keep track of the date of his death. The 12 May date was a "best guess" date that is unconfirmed but considered official by the U.S. Army.

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