The son of a journalist, Crichton was born in 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in New York state. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University before tutoring at Cambridge University in anthropology and later registering at Harvard Medical School.
During his medical training, he began to secretly write novels, writing under a pseudonym, but was eventually outed after A Case of Need, which he wrote using the alias Jeffery Hudson, won the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award, in 1968.
Michael Crichton, R.I.P.
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Updike would condescend to him, of course, but Crichton was my go-to guy for page-turners that wouldn't turn my brain to mush, although on a bad day his books could sound as if they had been written by a computer. Also he had a woman problem (not referring to his private life, which I know little about), but that didn't bug me too much.
You might like the movie of 'Disclosure.' I preferred it to the book. Michael Douglas is Michael Douglas, take him or leave him, although it was in this movie that his age really began to show. (Demi has to say 'You've kept in great shape,' all evidence to the contrary.) There's a good supporting cast, with a great turn by Roma Maffia as Sanders' defense attorney and Donald Sutherland is a lot of fun, too. I also liked the set for the office, and some of the less believable elements of the story are eliminated.
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