Glenn Frankel grew up in Rochester, New York and graduated from Columbia University. He worked for many years as a Washington Post reporter, editor, and bureau chief in London, Southern Africa, and Jerusalem, and in 1989 won a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. He later served as editor of the Washington Post Magazine. More recently, Frankel served as the director of the School of Journalism and G.B. Dealey Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He also spent four years as a visiting journalism professor at Stanford University.
Frankel’s first book, Beyond the Promised Land: Jews and Arabs on the Hard Road to a New Israel, won the National Jewish Book Award. His second, Rivonia’s Children: Three Families and the Cost of Conscience in White South Africa, was a finalist for the Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s most prestigious literary prize. His book The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, published by Bloomsbury was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller and a Library Journal Top Ten book for 2013. High Noon is Frankel’s most recent work. This book chronicles the story of the making of the great American Western film of the same title and is set against the backdrop of a turbulent political era whose lessons resonate in the current political landscape. It explores how Carl Foreman’s concept of High Noon evolved from idea to first draft to final script, taking on allegorical weight.
Frankel was recently named a 2018 Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to help fund research for his new book project about the making of Midnight Cowboy and New York in the 1960s. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.
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