Who's Going To Start Building

“It’s not a question of who’s going to throw the first stone; it’s a question of who’s going to start building with it.”

Sloan Wilson, from A Summer Place (1958)


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Portrait of Sloan Wilson via Wikipedia

Sloan Wilson (May 8, 1920 – May 25, 2003) was an American writer and novelist. Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, he was a grandson of US Navy officer and Arctic explorer John Wilson Danenhower. Wilson graduated from Harvard University in 1942. He then served in World War II as an officer of the United States Coast Guard, commanding a naval trawler for the Greenland Patrol and an army supply ship in the Pacific Ocean. After the war, Wilson worked as a reporter for Time-Life. His first book, Voyage to Somewhere, was published in 1947 and was based on his wartime experiences. He published 15 books, including the bestsellers The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1955) and A Summer Place (1958), both of which were adapted into feature movies. Wilson was an advocate for integrating, funding and improving public schools. He suffered from alcoholism throughout his life, and Alzheimer’s disease toward the end. He was living in Colonial Beach, Virginia at the time of his death in 2003.

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