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Kantor was born in Webster City, Iowa. He published his first poem at the age of 17, and at 18 he won a state story writing contest. His first novel, Diversey, was about Chicago gangsters and was written in 1928, when the subject matter was contemporary. In the 1930's, Kantor first wrote about the American Civil War with his novel Long Remember. Kantor had spoken with Civil War veterans when he was young, and he was an avid collector of first-hand narratives. Long Remember is one of the first realistic novels about the Civil War.
In 1955, Kantor wrote the grimly realistic and harrowing Andersonville, a novel about the infamous Confederate prisoner of war camp in the Civil War.
He wrote over 30 novels in his lifetime, and he returned to the theme of the Civil War frequently, including Gettysburg and If the South Had Won the Civil War. His last novel was 1975's Valley Forge. However, Kantor was by no means confined to historical fiction.
His works were frequently adapted for films. It began with "The Voice of Bugle Ann" in 1936 and screen versions of Happy Land (1943), Gentle Annie (1944), and Best Years of Our Lives were notable successes. He wrote the screenplay for Deadly Is the Female (1949), and an adaptation of his book God and My Country was filmed as "Follow Me, Boys" in 1966. He appeared in the 1958 film "Wind Across the Everglades" as an actor.
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