Richard Pike Bissell

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Birthday
27, 1913
Birthplace
Iowa
Death Date
May 4, 1977 (63)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
27, 1913
Birthplace
Iowa
Death Date
May 4, 1977 (63)

About

An Iowa-born author of long and short fiction, he is best known for his 1953 novel, 7½ Cents. The work was the inspiration for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, The Pajama Game.

Before Fame

He graduated from Harvard University in 1965. His first published work, A Stretch on the River (1950), was based on his earlier experiences as a tugboat operator.

Trivia

His bestselling work, 7½ Cents, was based on his personal experience with his family's garment business.

Family Life

He was born in Dubuque, Iowa. His great-grandfather founded the H. B. Glover Company, which his father managed.

Associated With

Like Mark Twain, he had a lifelong love of the Mississippi River.