Popular American novelist who published The Carpetbaggers in 1961 and wrote a total of twenty-five best-selling books. His works include Never Love a Stranger, A Stone for Danny Fisher, and Where Love Has Gone.
He was born in New York to Jewish immigrant parents and was raised by his father and stepmother. He published his sexually explicit and controversial debut novel, Never Love a Stranger, in 1948.
He was married three times: to Lillian Machnivitz, Grace Palermo, and Jann Stapp.
He and Harper Lee were both famous American authors.