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William Brown Meloney (1902–1971)
He was born on May 4, 1902, in Pawling, New York, to William Brown Meloney (1878–1925) and Marie Mattingley Meloney (1878-1943). 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.
Meloney was married first to Elizabeth Ryder Symons of Saginaw, Michigan, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Shirley Symons, then to playwright and screenwriter Rose Franken. 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.
In 1933, Meloney and Elizabeth were living in Pawling, New York, where he was editor of the Pawling Chronicle. He was also the local correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune and The New York Times.
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." 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." (Some sources also ascribe the "Margaret Grant" pen-name to the couple.)
- Outrageous Fortune, November 3, 1943 – January 8, 1944
- Doctor's Disagree, December 28, 1943 – January 15, 1944
- Soldier's Wife, October 4, 1944 – May 12, 1945
- The Hallams, March 4, 1948 – March 13, 1948
Shared credit as writer
- A notice in The New York Times of December 8, 1925, referred to him as William Brown Meloney 5th.
- "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.
- "Mrs. W.B. Meloney, Noted Editor, Dies", The New York Times, June 24, 1943
- "Major W.B. Meloney Dies; Victim of War", The New York Times, December 8, 1925
- "William Brown Meloney Dead; Author and Stage Producer, 69". The New York Times. 1971-05-06. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
- G. Edward White, Alger Hiss's Looking-Glass Wars, New York: Oxford University Press (2004)
- "Son Born to Mrs. W.B. Meloney", The New York Times, April 9, 1933
- Sherilyn Brandenstein, "Rose Dorothy Lewin Franken", The Handbook of Texas Online
- "The Press:Fortescue Fun", Time, September 10, 1934
- Glenda Frank, "Rose Franken, 1895-1988", Jewish Women's Archive
- 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)
- Library of Congress
- Internet Broadway Database
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