Author Essay

Topics: Michael Crichton, Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Award Pages: 1 (303 words) Published: April 13, 2013
John Michael Crichton was born on October 23, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. Crichton was the oldest of four. He has two sisters and one brother. His parents were Zula Miller Crichton and John Henderson Crichton, whom was a journalist. Crichton went to Roslyn High School and was a straight A student. He was only fourteen when a travel piece that he wrote was published in The New York Times. He graduated from high school in 1960, and then enrolled at Harvard.

. Crichton was married five times. His first marriage was to Joan Radam in 1970, which ended in divorce, as did the following two. His fourth marriage was to actress Anne-Marie Martin that he had a daughter Taylor Anne, but that marriage was dissolved in 2003. At the time of his death, Crichton was married to Sherri Alexander, who was six months pregnant with their son. He had many careers such as a physician, teacher, film director and screenwriter before becoming an author. Two of Crichton’s books written were A Case of Need (1968) and Jurassic Park (1990). Crichton wrote A Case of Need while on a plane and won the Edgar Allan Poe award for it. Many of Crichton’s books became movies. Crichton's theme was techno-thrillers. The perversion of science, offering his readers action plots with a classic combination. His stories were full of information, and cliff-hanging entertainment. Often he was criticized about his lack of character development in his novels. He wrote more than two dozen books. In 1991 more than one-hundred million Crichton books were printed.

Crichton died unexpectedly on November 08, 2008. He was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for throat cancer. His family and friends expected him to recover. He was sixty-six years old. Crichton will always be remembered as a best-selling author.
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