Albert Maltz


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Maltz, Albert

 

Born Oct. 8, 1908, in New York. American writer.

Maltz was born into an affluent Jewish family. He graduated from Columbia University in 1930. His first plays were antibourgeois and against war (Peace on Earth, 1934; Black Pit, 1935; Private Hicks, 1935). The protagonists of Maltz’ short stories are victims of the capitalist system. In his novel The Underground Stream (1940), about the workers’ struggle in Ford plants, Maltz paints a vivid picture of the Communist Princie. In the novel The Cross and the Arrow (1944; Russian translation, 1961), he writes about resistance to Nazism in Germany. During the McCarthy era, Maltz served a prison sentence (1950). His highly dramatic novel A Long Day in a Short Life (1957; Russian translation, 1958) depicts the rise of social protest and the solidarity between whites and blacks in prison. Maltz returned to the theme of antifascism in his novella Once in January (1966).

WORKS

The Journey of Simon McKeever. Boston, 1949.
In Russian translation:
Izbrannoe. Moscow, 1951.
Chelovek na doroge: Rasskazy. Moscow, 1962.

REFERENCES

Mendel’son, M. “Al’bert Mal’ts.” In Sovremennyi amerikanskii roman. Moscow, 1964.
Gilenson, B. “Al’bert Mal’ts.” In Istoriia amerikanskoi literatury, vol. 2. Moscow, 1971.

B. A. GILENSON

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He speaks in-depth about Albert Maltz, Elia Kazan, Edward Dmytryk, John Howard Lawson, Dalton Trumbo, Paul Robeson, Dorothy Parker, Abraham Lincoln Polonsky, amongst others; names that, in some way, will be remembered because of their involvement (and, in some instances, their betrayal) of the CPUSA.
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They include Dalton Trumbo for ``Roman Holiday,'' ``The Brave One'' and ``Gun Crazy''; Michael Wilson for ``Friendly Persuasion'' and ``Lawrence of Arabia''; Wilson and Carl Foreman for ``The Bridge on the River Kwai''; and Albert Maltz for ``The Defiant Ones.
As the war ended, Lardner and his fellow Red, Albert Maltz, had prepared a great script for a spy drama about an American scientist who realizes in the end that no country should control the secrets of the A-bomb.
Perhaps as many as 100 films were written or co-written by uncredited blacklisted writers, but up until now, the guild has only restored credits for the writers of seven films: Albert Maltz for ``Broken Arrow''; Ned Young for ``The Defiant Ones''; Dalton Trumbo for ``The Brave One,'' ``Roman Holiday'' and ``Gun Crazy''; Michael Wilson and Carl Foreman for ``The Bridge on the River Kwai''; and, most recently, a shared credit for Wilson on ``Lawrence of Arabia.