Author bio

Herman Raucher

Herman Raucher - book author

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Herman Raucher began his writing career during The Golden Age of Live Television, penning original one hour dramas for such esteemed shows as Studio One, Goodyear Playhouse and The Alcoa Hour. At about the same time, he was serving as Advertising Copy Director for Walt Disney whose new company, Buena Vista, was venturing from animated films into live action productions. It was also the time of the debut of Disneyland and all the excitement that came with it.

Back in New York he served as Creative Director and Board Member of several major ad agencies. To further fill out his life he turned his pen to writing four plays, six novels and seven films, among them being “Summer of '42” which was both a best-selling novel and a box office success. It earned him an Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Screenplay as well as a similar nomination from The Writers Guild of America. Raucher’s cult film, “Hieronymus Merkin,”won the Best Original Screenplay award from The Writers Guild of Great Britain. His racially charged movie, “Watermelon Man,”shook up the film critics no small end.

He still feels most at home with novels, in that no one can change as much as a comma without his approval—a condition that every writer savors but very few achieve.

Herman Raucher is the author of books: Summer of '42, Ode to Billy Joe, There Should Have Been Castles, Maynard's House, A Glimpse of Tiger, Watermelon Man, Verano del 42, Frühling einen Sommer lang., Frühling einen Sommer lang: Roman

Author books

In Everyone's Life There Is A Summer Of '42...
In that particular summer Hermie was fifteen, wildly obsessed with sex, deeply and passionately in love with an "older woman" of twenty-two. Summer of '42 is the story of Hermie and the lovely Dorothy, of Hermie's frantic efforts to become a man, and of his glorious and heartbreaking initiation into sex.
On June 3, 1953, Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge. Now, years after the whispers and rumors, the muddy Tallahatchie River gives up its secrets, the secrets within the haunting ballad that swept America.

Based on his own screenplay, Herman Raucher has taken the Bobbie Gentry classic and written a tender, funny, and ultimately heartbreaking love story you will never forget.
They were young, bright, brassy. They were two scared kids in love – and reaching for the stars…

That’s how it was for Ben and Ginnie in 1951.
Ben, the writer who couldn’t seem to make it.
Ginnie, the dancer who couldn’t seem to miss.

Together the world was theirs for the asking.
In the exhilarating world of show biz,
from the neon glamour of New York to the starry glitter of Hollywood,
it was love and glory – pure, intense, and perfect – all the way.

Together they soared on wings of joy and laughter – until it all came flying apart.
Could an enchanted love like theirs end, become mere memory, when it deserved minstrels and bold knights on white chargers and pennants flapping gaily from tall towers?
Austin Fletcher, a disturbed young Vietnam War vet, is willed a small house deep in the woods of northern Maine. He comes to own it by the generosity of a brother-in-arms—a fellow soldier and confidante, Maynard Whittier, killed in action by a wayward mortar shell. The rugged landscape of Maine is an intoxicating blend of claustrophobic interiors and endless frozen wastelands. Little by little, the mysterious force in the house asserts itself until Austin isn't exactly sure what is in his mind and what is real. And just when our hero's had enough and is ready to quit the place, a blizzard arrives and the real haunting begins.
The uppity novel about the uppity movie Watermelon Man
based on his screenplay now a Columbia Picture A Bennet -Mirrell-Van Peebles Production