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Title: John D. McDonald Collection
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Title: John D. McDonald Collection
Series Title: George A. Smathers Libraries information leaflets
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Creator: George A. Smathers Libraries
Publisher: George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Floria
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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For more information on the John D.
MacDonald Collection at the University of
Florida consult the finding aid at
http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/
manuscript/guides/Macdonald.htm
Or contact:
FLORENCE TURCOTTE
Research Services Archivist
Department of Special and Area
Studies Collections
PO Box 117007
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 273-2767
floturc@uflib.ufl.edu
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The John D.

MacDonald

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The John D. MacDonald Collection

at the University of Florida


John Dann MacDonald was born July 24, 1916
in Sharon, Pennsylvania. While attending
Syracuse School of Business, MacDonald met
Dorothy Prentiss, and they were married in
1937. He went on to attend Harvard Business
School and received an M.B.A. in 1939.
Following his discharge from military service at
the end of WWII, he began to write full-time.
MacDonald's first published short story,
"Interlude in India," appeared in Story
magazine in the July/August 1946 issue. He
continued selling his short stories to magazines
while working on his first full-length novel, The
Brass Cupcake, which was published in 1950.
Two years and five novels later, MacDonald
settled into his longtime home in Sarasota,
Florida, where he wrote over sixty novels,
contributed to anthologies and magazines,
assisted in film and television adaptations of his
writings, taught at New College, served on the
board of directors of the Ringling School of
Art, and participated in local environmental
preservation efforts. He is best known for his
series of detective novels featuring the
protagonist Travis Magee, and is acknowledged
as a master of the adventure-thriller genre.
He was named a grand master of the Mystery
Writers of America in 1972 and won the
American Book Award in 1980. He was
awarded honorary degrees from Hobart and
William Smith Colleges and the University of
South Florida. He died on December 28, 1986.


The John D. MacDonald Collection at the
University of Florida George A. Smathers
Libraries is located in the Special Collections
Department in the Smathers Library
Building. This important and comprehensive
literary collection is truly unique, making the
Smathers Libraries the paramount destination
for present and future MacDonald scholars
and devotees. Whether they are local
undergraduates interested in detective pulp
fiction, longtime MacDonald fans,
screenwriters hoping to bring more of
MacDonald's work to the big or small screen,
or scholars from universities across the
country and around the world, all gather to
learn more about this colorful and prolific
literary figure.


John McDonald aboard his boat Mufiequita.


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