Joe David Brown

Recipient of the Purple Heart medal

1915   -   1976

country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
occupation: journalist, novelist
award received: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

Joe David Brown (May 12, 1915 – April 22, 1976) was an American novelist and journalist from Birmingham, Alabama. He drew memorably from his own life to compose his fiction: his grandfather's role as a minister, his own knowledge of confidence games from his work as a reporter, his World War II experiences, and his residence on journalistic assignment in India. He is particularly remembered for the title character of his novel Addie Pray, the young "Mistress of the Con Game" during the Great Depression in the Deep South; an adaptation of the story later became the film Paper Moon.
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