Jerome Weidman

Jerome Weidman (1913–1998) was an American novelist and playwright. Born in New York’s Lower East Side, he began selling short fiction at the age of seventeen to magazines such as Story,the American Mercury, and the New Yorker; the latter published twenty-three of his short works between 1936 and 1946. Weidman’s first novel, I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1937), made him a national sensation. A story of greed in Manhattan’s infamous garment district, it was as controversial as it was popular. Weidman went on to write more than twenty novels, including Fourth Street East (1970), Last Respects (1971), and What’s in It for Me? (1938), a sequel to his hit debut novel. In 1959, he co-wrote the musical Fiorello!, about New York’s most famous mayor, which won a Pulitzer Prize and a New York Drama Critics Circle award. Weidman continued publishing fiction until late in his life, and died in New York.


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