Reuben Bercovitch

American, 1923 -

Reuben Bercovitch spent most of his life as a Los Angeles screenwriter. He headed the Motion Picture Department of Lorimar Productions, wrote for television series such as Bonanza, and was one of the few American writers to work on the Japanese company Toho Pictures’ quintessential 1960s monster movies, including Invasion of Astro-Monster. Perhaps the unequivocal unsubtleness of those movies is what led him to develop the quiet, “beautifully structured, exquisitely written” style of his later novels, the first of which won a PEN/Hemingway Award for Fiction.