The Masterpieces of Eustace Cockrell, Collected Works, Volume II, 1946-1957 - Roger Coleman
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Eustace Cockrell was a pioneer writer who, during television’s “Golden Age” of the 1950s, contributed to many award-winning shows including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Philco Television Playhouse, and Naked City. He also wrote teleplays for many of the early Western classics including Man Without a Gun and Cheyenne.
Prior to his television career, however, Cockrell was a prolific writer of short stories. Over a 25-year period, beginning in 1932, his works appeared regularly in prominent pulp fiction magazines such as Blue Book and Argosy and in “slicks” like Collier’s, The Saturday Evening Post, and Cosmopolitan.
These stories, 114 unique tales, are now republished by Mission Point Press in a five-volume set, The Collected Works of Eustace Cockrell, edited by Roger Coleman, Cockrell’s son-in-law. Coleman, also a writer, is married to Cockrell’s daughter, Elizabeth.
These two volumes are organized to reflect a division within Cockrell's prolific writings. Cockrell’s later stories (1946-1957) express greater awareness of social issues and a rebellion against restrictive attitudes, especially those limiting the role of women and minorities. An example is “Beauty and the Drop Kick,” Cockrell’s 1948 story featuring the first woman to play football for a major college team.
Cockrell was a gifted writer for whom everyone, even the most hard-hearted and downtrodden, received a second chance. Hope came not from the power of wealth or prestige but from the innocence of children, the integrity of women; and the insights of those often on the fringes of society.
The Masterpieces of Eustace Cockrell further defines Cockrell’s importance as an American writer, whether read in print or watched on the home screen.
Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1958363119
Softcover ISBN-13: 978-1954786011
8.5 x 11 inches (hardcover)
8.27 x 11.69 inches (softcover)
Hardcover retail: $29.95
Softcover retail: $17.50