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Jay Williams (May 31, 1914 — July 12, 1978) was an American author born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Max and Lillian Jacobson. He cited the experience of growing up as the son of a vaudeville show producer as leading him to pursue his acting career as early as college. Between 1931 and 1934 he attended the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University where he took part in amateur theatrical productions.

Out of school and out of work during the end of the Depression, he worked as a comedian on the upstate New York Borscht Belt circuit. From 1936 until 1941, Jay Williams worked as a press agent for Dwight Deere Winman, Jed Harris and the Hollywood Theatre Alliance. And even though he played a feature role in the Cannes prize winning film, The Little Fugitive produced in 1953, he turned his attention to writing as a full time career after his discharge from the Army in 1945. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart. While serving in the Army he published his first book, The Stolen Oracle, in 1943.

Williams may be best-known for his young adult "Danny Dunn" science fiction/fantasy series which he co-authored with Raymond Abrashkin. Though Abrashkin died in 1960, he is listed as co-author of all 15 books of this series, which continued from 1956 until 1977. Jay Williams also wrote mysteries for young adults, such as The Stolen Oracle, The Counterfeit African, and The Roman Moon Mystery.

Williams also wrote adult crime fiction using the pseudonym Michael Delving. This may be a reference to Michel Delving, a large hobbit-populated town in The Lord of the Rings. One of his series of mysteries feature the American rare book and manuscript collector, Dave Cannon, and take place in Britain.

Jay Williams also wrote a number of successful historical novels for adults, including The Witches, a look at the eradication of the healing women in Scotland; Solomon and Sheba; The Siege, a tale of the 13th century wars initiated by the Pope against the Albigensian heresy; and The Rogue from Padua, a novel that takes place in the Renaissance.

And he was interested in the future in his many speculative science fiction tales, often published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction; eight of these stories were published under the title, Unearthly Beasts. His novel Uniad sees a world in which individuality has shrunk.

Jay Williams' novel The Forger examines commercialism and art, and the relation of art to real life.

His interest in history is reflected in the non-fiction books he wrote: The Middle Ages, Knights of the Crusades, The Spanish Armada, and Joan of Arc, as well as his young adult Landmark book on World War II, The Battle for the North Atlantic.

Williams moreover wrote about the environment, in his Fall of the Sparrow, where he describes the loss of numerous animal and bird species, often due to man; and a travel book, A Change of Climate, a European trip with his son, Chris.

He died from a heart attack in London, England on July 12, 1978

In all, he published at least 79 books including 11 picture books, 39 children's novels, 7 adult mysteries, 4 nonfiction books, 8 historical novels and a play.
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Total Books: 182
Life Is Not an Accident A Memoir of Reinvention
2017 - Life Is Not an Accident a Memoir of Reinvention (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780062327994
ISBN-10: 0062327992
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors
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The Oxford Handbook of Jack London
2017 - The Oxford Handbook of Jack London [Oxford Handbooks] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780199315178
ISBN-10: 0199315175
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
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The Practical Princess
2016 - The Practical Princess (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781930900905
ISBN-10: 1930900902
Genre: Children's Books
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John Baeder's Road Well Taken
2015 - John Baeder's Road Well Taken (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780865653191
ISBN-10: 0865653194
Genres: Arts & Photography, Crafts, Hobbies & Home
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The Way of Da Vinci An American Heritage Book
2011 - The Way of Da VInci an American Heritage Book (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781596873728
ISBN-10: 1596873728
Genres: Arts & Photography, History
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Soul for Sale
2009 - Soul for Sale (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781592994045
ISBN-10: 1592994040
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Joan of Arc Warrior Saint
2007 - Joan of Arc Warrior Saint [Sterling Point Books] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781402751202
ISBN-10: 1402751206
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult, Christian Books & Bibles
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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The Way of the Crusades
2005 - The Way of the Crusades (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781596871083
ISBN-10: 1596871083
Genre: History
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The 24-Hour Turnaround  The Formula for Permanent Weight Loss Anti-Aging and Optimal Health--Starting Today
The 24-Hour Turnaround The Formula for Permanent Weight Loss Antiaging and Optimal Health--Starting Today
Petronella
2000 - Petronella (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780967792910
ISBN-10: 0967792916
Genre: Children's Books
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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The Water of Life
1996 - The Water of Life (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780517169469
ISBN-10: 0517169460
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The Practical Princess and Other Liberating Fairy Tales
1992 - The Practical Princess and Other Liberating Fairy Tales [M-Books] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780174324171
ISBN-10: 0174324170
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like
1984 - Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780020456001
ISBN-10: 002045600X
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Everyone  Knows What a Dragon Looks Like
1984 - Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780027930900
ISBN-10: 0027930904
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Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine Number Five
1983 - Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine Number Five (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780671443405
ISBN-10: 0671443402
Genre: Children's Books
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Danny Dunn Invisible Boy
1983 - Danny Dunn Invisible Boy (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780671450687
ISBN-10: 0671450689
Genre: Children's Books
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Danny Dunn Time Traveler Number Eight
1983 - Danny Dunn Time Traveler Number Eight (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780671436803
ISBN-10: 0671436805
Genre: Children's Books
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Beyond The Stars
1983 - Beyond the Stars [Tales of Adventure in Time and Space] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780861782949
ISBN-10: 0861782941
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Danny Dunn on a Desert Island
1982 - Danny Dunn on a Desert Island [Danny Dunn Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780671457549
ISBN-10: 0671457543
Genre: Children's Books
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Danny Dunn and the Voice from Space
1981 - Danny Dunn and the Voice From Space (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780671426842
ISBN-10: 0671426842
Genre: Children's Books
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1979 - Danny Dunn Scientific Detective [Danny Dunn, Bk 14] (Paperback)Paperback
1979 - Danny Dunn Time Traveler [Danny Dunn, Bk 8] (Hardcover)Paperback
1978 - Yeshua Buddha [Quest Books] (Paperback)
1971 - Danny Dunn on the Ocean Floor [Carousel Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
1971 - Danny Dunn Time Traveller [Carousel Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
1962 - Has Man a Future [Archway Paperback] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
Leonardo Da VInci [Caravel Books] (Hardcover)
Spanish Armada [Caravel Books] (Hardcover)Hardcover
Unearthly Beasts [TOPLINERS S.] (Hardcover)Paperback
Medusa's Head [Legacy Library] (Hardcover)
Stage Left [On the dj: An Engrossing Account of the Radical Theatre Movement in America.] (Hardcover)