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Name:  Daniel Edward Cohen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD C:YA Fiction

Born: March 12, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Cohen was born in Chicago. He attended University of Illinois at Chicago but graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cohen is an American non-fiction writer who has produced over one-hundred books, mainly for young audiences. He briefly worked as a proofreader for ''Time, Inc''. in Chicago before taking a job as assistant editor of ''Science Digest'' magazine in 1959. He was transferred to New York City shortly after being hired. In addition to his editorial work, Cohen wrote articles for ''Science Digest'' and for other publications. Encouraged by praise of his articles on paranormal subjects, Cohen published his first book, ''Myths of the Space Age'', a collection of skeptical essays on paranormal creatures and phenomena, in 1967. He moved to a farmhouse in Forestburgh, New York, in 1969 so Daniel could write full time. He originally planned to write popular science books, but the demands of the market led him to concentrate on books about ghosts, monsters, UFOs, and psychic phenomena. Since then, Daniel Cohen has written on an astonishing variety of subjects beyond just the paranormal: historical and current biographies; advice for teenagers; world history; science and technology; animals and nature; urban legends; and popular television, music, film, and sports personalities. He writes mass-market paperbacks for children who are reluctant to read and not especially gifted and often chooses subjects of interest to these readers.He has also written on numerous other topics, including sports, history, dinosaurs, nature, technology, and folklore. He currently lives in New Jersey.

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