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The Secrets Behind Pop Culture's Most Mysterious Pseudonyms
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The Secrets Behind Pop Culture's Most Mysterious Pseudonyms | Evan Hunter
Evan Hunter

Pseudonym: ‘Ed McBain’

Evan Hunter was perfectly well-known and successful in his own right. Perhaps most famously, he used his experience as a teacher in the Bronx to fuel The Blackboard Jungle, only one of around 40 novels he penned. He also wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (loosely based on Daphne du Maurier’s Cornish-set short story) and was fired from Hitch’s subsequent Marnie over a disagreement about the rape scene.

It’s as Ed McBain however, that Hunter was best known and most prolific. He wrote more than 50 novels in his famous 87th Precinct cop series between 1956 and 2005, along with a 20-year series about lawyer Matthew Hope. 87th Precinct became an NBC series in the 1960s, and Akira Kurosawa filmed King’s Ransom in 1963, as High And Low, starring Toshiro Mifune. Hunter revealed that he was McBain in 1958, but never stopped using the name.

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