William Brown Meloney (1902–1971)

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William Brown Meloney V [1] (May 4, 1902– May 4, 1971) [2] was a journalist, novelist, short-story writer and theatrical producer.



He was born on May 4, 1902, in Pawling, New York, to William Brown Meloney (1878–1925) and Marie Mattingley Meloney (1878-1943). [3] [4] Meloney studied at Columbia College and graduated in 1926 and lectured English and comparative literature at the university. He was a fellow at the University of Paris in 1927–28. [5]

He first became a lawyer and joined the law offices of William J. Donovan and managed his campaign for the Governor of New York in 1932. He later became a journalist like his parents. [5]

In 1929 he had an affair with Priscilla Fansler Hobson, who became pregnant with Meloney's child and who underwent an abortion. [6]

Meloney was married first to Elizabeth Ryder Symons of Saginaw, Michigan, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Shirley Symons, [7] then to playwright and screenwriter Rose Franken. [8] He had two sons by his first wife, the first was William Brown Meloney VI (1931-2005) The second son was born on April 8, 1933. [7]

In 1933, Meloney and Elizabeth were living in Pawling, New York, where he was editor of the Pawling Chronicle. [7] He was also the local correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune and The New York Times. [9]

In the mid-1930s, Meloney was writing motion picture scripts with Rose Dorothy Lewin Franken, and the two were married on April 27, 1937. By that time he had become a lawyer and was also an executive on This Week magazine, of which his mother was the editor. Meloney and Franken "relocated to Longmeadow, a working farm in Lyme, Connecticut, which, under their management, was adopted as a model of diversified farming by the local agricultural college at Storrs." [10] The two continued writing, "both individually and collaboratively, for magazines, including Harper's Bazaar and Collier's. They sometimes wrote together under the pseudonym Franken Meloney." [8] (Some sources also ascribe the "Margaret Grant" pen-name to the couple. [11] )

He died on May 4, at his home in Kent, Connecticut. [5]


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  1. A notice in The New York Times of December 8, 1925, referred to him as William Brown Meloney 5th.
  2. "William Brown Meloney Dead; Author and Stage Producer, 69 (Published 1971)". The New York Times. 1971-05-06. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  3. "Mrs. W.B. Meloney, Noted Editor, Dies", The New York Times, June 24, 1943
  4. "Major W.B. Meloney Dies; Victim of War", The New York Times, December 8, 1925
  5. 1 2 3 "William Brown Meloney Dead; Author and Stage Producer, 69". The New York Times. 1971-05-06. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  6. G. Edward White, Alger Hiss's Looking-Glass Wars, New York: Oxford University Press (2004)
  7. 1 2 3 "Son Born to Mrs. W.B. Meloney", The New York Times, April 9, 1933
  8. 1 2 Sherilyn Brandenstein, "Rose Dorothy Lewin Franken", The Handbook of Texas Online
  9. "The Press:Fortescue Fun", Time, September 10, 1934
  10. Glenda Frank, "Rose Franken, 1895-1988", Jewish Women's Archive
  11. A history of women in the United States: state-by-state reference . Doris Weatherford (editor). Grolier Academic Reference. 2004. p.  45.CS1 maint: others (link)
  12. 1 2 3 Library of Congress
  13. 1 2 3 4 Internet Broadway Database
  14. 1 2 3 IMDb