Mildred Savage

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Mildred Savage
Born(1919-06-26)June 26, 1919
New London, Connecticut,
United States
Died October 7, 2011(2011-10-07) (aged 92)
Norwich, Connecticut
Occupation Novelist
Nationality US
Period 1954–2011
Genre Fiction

Mildred Spitz Savage (June 26, 1919 – October 7, 2011 [1] ) was an American author known for her best-selling novel Parrish .

<i>Parrish</i> (novel) novel by Mildred Savage

Parrish is the 1958 debut novel by Mildred Savage. The novel was originally published in hardback by Simon & Schuster in 1958. The novel is a bildungsroman of a young man, the titular Parrish Maclean, as he works his way out of the grueling work in Connecticut River Valley tobacco fields during the 1940s and 1950s. The novel was adapted into a 1961 film, which starred Troy Donahue as the title character as well as Claudette Colbert and Karl Malden.


Biography and career

The second of three children, she was born in New London, Connecticut, to Ezekiel and Sadie Spitz. In 1937, she enrolled at Wellesley College, graduating in 1941 with a bachelor's degree in history. Soon after graduating, she married Bernard Savage and moved to Norwich, Connecticut.

Wellesley College Private womens liberal arts college in Massachusetts

Wellesley College is a private women's liberal arts college in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Founded in 1870 by Henry and Pauline Durant, it is a member of the original Seven Sisters Colleges. Wellesley is home to 56 departmental and interdepartmental majors spanning the liberal arts, as well as over 150 student clubs and organizations. The college also allows its students to cross-register at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brandeis University, Babson College and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Wellesley athletes compete in the NCAA Division III New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.

Her first work, The Lumberyard and Mrs. Barrie, was published in 1952. It was a largely autobiographical story detailing the events that occurred at her husband's lumberyard, and she used the pseudonym Jane Barrie.

In 1958, she achieved great success with her first novel Parrish. The book tells the story of a man who goes to work on a Connecticut tobacco farm. It was well-received and became a bestseller. It was subsequently made into a movie in 1961 starring Troy Donahue. In 1958, Ms. Savage appeared as a guest challenger on the TV panel show To Tell The Truth.

<i>Parrish</i> (film) 1961 American film directed by Delmer Daves

Parrish is a 1961 American drama film made by Warner Bros.. It was written, produced and directed by Delmer Daves, based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Mildred Savage. The music score was by Max Steiner, the Technicolor cinematography by Harry Stradling Sr., the art direction by Leo K. Kuter and the costume design by Howard Shoup.

She is not very well known as even her book Parrish is mistaken for another book with "Parrish" in the title that she never wrote.





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