Benjamin Appel was born in 1907 in New York City and grew up in Hell’s Kitchen. He began writing short stories and was published in both literary and slick magazines. Brain Guy was his first novel, followed by fifteen others. In 1945 and 1946 he was sent as historian/journalist with the McNutt Mission to the Philippines.
Returning to the States, he moved to Roosevelt, New Jersey, a New Deal resettlement town, where he lived with his wife and three daughters and wrote both fiction and nonfiction until he died in 1977.
- Sweet Money Girl / Life and Death of a Tough Guy
- Two hard-hitting New York novels from the mid-50‘s.
“The details of how New York looked and felt then, and the men and women who populated it, are shot through with so much nuance and energy that they seem alive on the page today.” Wendell Jamieson, New York Times
- Brain Guy / Plunder
- The story of the rise of a young gangster in Hell’s Kitchen during the Depression and a novel about two hustling GI’s in post-WWII Philippines new introduction by the author’s daughter, Carla Appel.