Individual Author Record
General InformationFiction Born: 1921 in Evanston, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionTanner was born in Chicago and was raised in Evanston. He attended Evanston Township High School.
Biographical and Professional InformationEdward Tanner was better known by his pen names Patrick Dennis and Virginia Rowans. His novel ''Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade'' was one of the bestselling American books of the 20th century. It became the basis of a stage play, a film, a stage musical, and a film musical. The first edition of ''Auntie Mame'' spent 112 weeks on the bestseller list, selling more than 2,000,000 copies in five different languages. At the height of its popularity, it was selling more than 1,000 copies a day; throughout 1955 and 1956, it sold between 1,000 and 5,000 a week. In 1956, with ''Auntie Mame'', ''The Loving Couple: His (and Her) Story'', and ''Guestward, Ho!,'' Dennis became the first writer ever to have three books on the New York Times bestseller list at the same time.
'''Written as Virginia Rowans'''*''Oh What a Wonderful Wedding!,'' Crowell, 1953*''House Party'', Crowell, 1954*''The Loving Couple: His (and Her) Story'', Crowell, 1956*''Love and Mrs. Sargent'', Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1961'''Written as Patrick Dennis'''*''Auntie Mame'', Vanguard Press, 1955*''Guestward, Ho! by Barbara C. Hooton, as indiscreetly confided to Patrick Dennis'', Vanguard Press, 1956*''The Pink Hotel'', Putnam, 1957 - written with Dorothy Erskine*''Around the World with Auntie Mame'', New American Library, 1958*''Little Me: The Intimate Memoirs of that Great Star of Stage, Screen and Television, Belle Poitrine as told to Patrick Dennis,'' E.P. Dutton, 1961*''Genius'', Harcourt, 1962*''First Lady: My Thirty Days Upstairs at the White House, by Martha Dinwiddie Butterfield, as told to Patrick Dennis'', William Morrow, 1964*''The Joyous Season'', Harcourt, Brace & World, 1965*''Tony'', E.P. Dutton, 1966*''How Firm a Foundation'', William Morrow, 1968*''Paradise'', Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971*''3-D'', Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1972 - published in the UK as ''Anything You Like'' in 1974