Joseph Hayes
Author/Producer
 Seldom has a writer enjoyed the critical and commercial
success of a first full length novel as has Mr. Hayes with
"The Desperate Hours." Random House accepted it
overnight and showed great literary perception in doing
so as it was selected by two major book clubs and was on
the best seller lists for many months; and Hollywood
filmed it at the same time the Broadway production was
being prepared, although the screen version will be held
until 1956 for release. Mr. Hayes, who has been
free-lance writing for nearly ten years, has by no means
limited his activites to this art, however. His life story,
which reads like a novel itself, began in Indianapolis and
encompasses two years in a monastery while still in his
teens, an extended hitch hiking tour of the South,
pushing wheel chairs at the Dallas Fair, managing a
small ice house and doing farm and warehouse work.
After his marriage, he and his wife, Marrijane, worked
their ways though a midwestern university by editing a
drama magazine and typing and editing these. In 1941
they moved to New York where he was employed for two
years in the editorial department of a play publishing
house. He and his family--including three sons--now live
in Connecticut. Mr. Hayes' only previous contribution to
Broadway was "Leaf and Bough" in 1949, although many
of his plays have been published and performed outside
of New York.
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