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Charles Alverson

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Full Name: Charles Elgin Alverson
Born: October 13, 1935
Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: January 19, 2020
Parage, Vojvodina, Serbia
Occupation: Novelist, Editor, Screenwriter
Nationality: American


Charles Elgin Alverson was an American novelist, editor and screenwriter who sometimes used the byline Chuck Alverson.

Alverson was born in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in Los Angeles County, and graduated in 1953 from high school in Redondo Beach. After service in the 11th and 82nd Airborne divisions of the U.S. Army, he graduated from San Francisco State College (English, 1960) and Columbia University (Journalism, 1963).

In the early 1960s Alverson was an assistant editor (under Harvey Kurtzman) of Help!, taking over after Gloria Steinem and followed by Terry Gilliam, and then a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. During a break from the WSJ in 1967, he was a "square" (or non-addicted) resident of the anti-drug cult Synanon in Santa Monica, California, for six months. After moving to Britain in 1969, he wrote for Rolling Stone and British newspapers. In 1980, Alverson was managing editor of the British environmentalist magazine Vole, financed by Terry Jones of Monty Python. He was also founding editor of Insight (1981) and GIS Europe (1992).

After living in Radnorshire, mid-Wales from 1970 to 1975, Alverson moved to Cambridge, England, where he was an activist, including a month-long vigil against the United States's bombing of Iraq in 1990 and resistance to Margaret Thatcher's poll tax.

Alverson was co-screenwriter of Terry Gilliam's film Jabberwocky, and co-developer of the story and co-writer (uncredited) of the first draft of the screenplay that became Brazil (1985).

Alverson wrote a dozen novels (four of which have been published in six languages), including the thriller Fighting Back (1973). In Goodey's Last Stand (1975) he introduced San Francisco private eye Joe Goodey, who returned in Not Sleeping Just Dead (1977). The New Yorker described Goodey's Last Stand as "the next best thing to finding a new and unsuspected Raymond Chandler phantasmagoria."

Alverson's credits also included children's books, short stories and short film scripts, some of which have recently been adapted to comics by the cartoonist John Linton Roberson, including Rapunzel and the parody the Story of OH!

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