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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Ben Lucien Burman (born Behrman), writer, was born in Covington, Kentucky, on December 12, 1895. His parents, Samuel N. and Minnie (Hurwitz) Behrman, were Jewish immigrants. Burman attended Miami University in Ohio during 1913-15. During World War I, he served in France, where he was wounded at Soissons in 1918. After graduating from Harvard in 1920, Burman taught in 1920-21 at Holmes High School in Covington, where he was accused of teaching bolshevism. In the early 1920s, Burman worked for the Cincinnati Times-Star and other newspapers, and for magazines including the Nation, Reader's Digest, and Saturday Review. His books about life on the river have been translated into numerous languages, and two of his novels were made into movies, Mississippi (1929) and Steamboat Round the Bend (1933), with Will Rogers. Burman received several literary awards, including the Southern Authors Award in 1938, and was given the French Legion of Honor in 1946 for World War II dispatches.
Burman married Alice Caddy on September 19, 1927. He died on November 12, 1984, in New York City and was cremated.
CHARLES D. KING, Entry Author
Selected Sources from UK Libraries:
Burman, Ben Lucien, and Alice. Caddy. Mississippi. 1st ed. New York: Cosmopolitan Book, 1929. Print. SOLINET/ASERL Cooperative Microfilming Project (NEH PS-20317) ; SOL MN04272.04 KUK.
Burman, Ben Lucien. Steamboat round the Bend. New York: Collier, 1962. Print.
Burman, Ben Lucien, and Alice Caddy. Big River to Cross; Mississippi Life Today. New York: John Day, 1940. Print. SOLINET/ASERL Cooperative Microfilming Project (NEH PS-20317) ; SOL MN02006.05 KUK.