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Sanford Friedman

Sanford Friedman (1928–2010) was born in New York City. After graduating from the Horace Mann School and the Carnegie Institute of Technology, he was stationed as a military police officer in Korea, earning a Bronze Star. He began his career as a playwright and theater producer, and was later a writing instructor at Juilliard and SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). “Ocean,” a chapter from [Totempole](http://www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/totempole/?insrc=bohp), was serialized in Partisan Review in 1964 and won second prize in the 1965 O. Henry Awards. Totempole (1965) was followed by the novels A Haunted Woman (1968), Still Life (1975), and Rip Van Winkle (1980). At the time of his death, Friedman left behind an unpublished manuscript for the novel [Conversations with Beethoven](http://www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/conversations-with-beethoven/?insrc=rel), now available as an NYRB Classic.

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