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Edward Whittemore (1933 - 1995)
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Edward Whittemore was born in 1933 and grew up in Maine, USA. He went to Yale, then joined the Marines and was recruited by the CIA in the 1960s. Over the next two decades he worked undercover as a newspaper man in Japan and the Middle East, and lived in Jerusalem. All this is reflected in his four-volume set of novels "The Jerusalem Quartet". Whittemore died penniless in 1995, having been diagnosed with prostate cancer while working in a law office running a copy machine. Then, of course, he was rediscovered by the critics and has been called America's "best unknown novelist". All of his five major novels were re-released by Old Earth Books in 2003.
Very quickly cobbled together from a Wikipedia entry, and the introductory material from the Old Earth Books editions of his novels.)