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Henry Denker (born November 25, 1912) is an American novelist and playwright.

Denker was admitted to the New York Bar in 1935, at the height of the Depression, and he soon left law practice to earn his living by writing. His legal training is reflected in many of his works. During Denker’s brief legal career, he won a Workmen’s Compensation case which, according to Denker, for the first time established that a physical trauma can induce a mental disease. In another case, Denker served a summons on heavyweight champion Jack Johnson.

Denker was married for 61 years to Edith Heckman, whom he met when he was a patient and she was a nurse in Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Denker was the originator and writer of what he describes as the “first television series ever produced,” False Witsness, on NBC-TV in 1939. Despite its success, the series was discontinued when the nascent medium of television was converted into an instruction tool for the mass training of Air Raid Wardens in anticipation of the U.S. entry into World War II.

Denker started writing for radio with three productions on CBS Radio’s Columbia Workshop: “Me? I Drive a Hack,” starring Richard Widmark, “Emile, the Seal,” a fantasy, and “Laughter for the Leader,” a political drama in which CBS, without explanation, forbade the character of Hitler to be played with a German accent. During the War World II, Denker worked as a writer on the English Desk of the Office of War Information.

In 1945, Denker began his full-time writing career as the writer of the Radio Readers Digest on CBS. One of his scripts, he says, was the first radio drama about a physical transplant, a corneal transplant of a human eye to restore sight.

In 1947, Denker wrote the first script for the religious radio series The Greatest Story Ever Told, which, in its first year, won the Peabody Award, the Christopher Award, the CCNY Outstanding Program of the Year Award, the Variety Award of the Year 1947, and others. Denker was to write every script in the series, which ran from 1947 to 1957.

Later, on television, Denker wrote, and David Susskind produced, the first dramatic treatment of a heart transplant, “The Choice,” which anticipated the challenge of so many patients in need and so few hearts to give. With a cast including Melvyn Douglas, George Grizzard and Frank Langella, the TV drama included film of an actual surgery provided by Dr. Michael E. DeBakey. Denker recalls that CBS allowed only 30 seconds of the surgical film for fear that the audience would shrink from seeing a beating heart in an open chest cavity.

While writing for radio and television, Denker branched out into the theater, which he describes as “my first love.” Later he began writing novels. Of his 34 published novels, 17—more than any other author’s—have been selected and published by Reader's Digest Condensed Books.

Six plays by Denker have been produced on Broadway, two in the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and two in other venues.

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Total Books: 110
Cla Action
2005 - Cla Action (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781401076672
ISBN-10: 140107667X
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Cla Action The Novel
2005 - Cla Action the Novel (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781401076665
ISBN-10: 1401076661
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Place for Kathy Cameron
1998 - Place for Kathy Cameron [Large Print] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780708990087
ISBN-10: 0708990088
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting
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To Marcy With Love
1997 - To Marcy with Love [Charnwood Large Print] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780708989739
ISBN-10: 070898973X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A Place for Kathy Cameron
1997 - A Place for Kathy Cameron (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780749903800
ISBN-10: 0749903805
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A Place for Kathy A Novel
1997 - A Place for Kathy a Novel (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780688149635
ISBN-10: 0688149634
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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This Child Is Mine
1997 - This Child Is Mine [Charnwood Large Print Library Series] (Other)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780708989296
ISBN-10: 0708989292
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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To Marcy With Love A Novel
1996 - To Marcy with Love a Novel (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780688146122
ISBN-10: 0688146120
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Labyrinth
1995 - Labyrinth (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780749903046
ISBN-10: 074990304X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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This Child Is Mine A Novel
1995 - This Child Is Mine a Novel (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780688141257
ISBN-10: 0688141250
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Mrs Washington and Horowitz Too
1994 - Mrs Washington and Horowitz Too [Wheeler Large Print Book Series] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781568950532
ISBN-10: 1568950535
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Mrs Washington and Horowitz Too A Novel
1993 - Mrs Washington and Horowitz Too a Novel (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780688124663
ISBN-10: 0688124666
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Doctor on Trial
1992 - Doctor on Trial (Hardcover)Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780749901608
ISBN-10: 0749901608
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The Retreat
1990 - The Retreat (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780491035941
ISBN-10: 0491035942
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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1989 - Choice (Hardcover)Hardcover
1987 - Robert My Son [A Star book] (Paperback)Hardcover
Judge Spencer Dissents
1987 - Judge Spencer Dissents (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780491034852
ISBN-10: 0491034857
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Kate Kincaid
1985 - Kate Kincaid (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780491036801
ISBN-10: 0491036809
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Healers
1984 - Healers (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780380674053
ISBN-10: 038067405X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Kincaid
1984 - Kincaid (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780688023652
ISBN-10: 0688023657
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Horowitz and MrsWashington
1983 - Horowitz and Mrswashington [A Star book] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780352309600
ISBN-10: 0352309601
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Healers
1983 - The Healers (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780688015855
ISBN-10: 0688015859
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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Warfield Syndrome
1982 - Warfield Syndrome (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780425056318
ISBN-10: 0425056317
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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1981 - Actress The [A Mayflower book] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover