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date: 05 December 2019

Appel, Benjaminlocked

(13 September 1907–03 April 1977)
  • Peter E. Morgan

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Appel, Benjamin (13 September 1907–03 April 1977), novelist and short story writer, was born in New York City, the son of Louis Appel, a successful real estate businessman, and Bessie Mikofsky, both Polish émigrés from once-wealthy families. He grew up in a largely immigrant section of Hell’s Kitchen on the West Side of Manhattan, and his parents did their best to shield their son from the deprivation and periodic violence that often plagued their neighborhood. Such concerns form much of the substance of Appel’s early novels....

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