Stephen Longstreet

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Stephen Longstreet (April 18, 1907 – February 20, 2002) was an American author.[1] Born Chauncey (later Henri) Weiner (sometimes Wiener), he was known as Stephen Longstreet from 1939, he wrote as Paul Haggard, David Ormsbee and Thomas Burton, and Longstreet, as well as his birth name.

The 1948 Broadway musical High Button Shoes was based on Longstreet's semi-autobiographical 1946 novel, The Sisters Liked Them Handsome.

Under contract at Warner Bros. in the 1940s, Longstreet wrote The Jolson Story and Stallion Road, based on his novel of the same name and starring Ronald Reagan. He later wrote The Helen Morgan Story, and as a television writer in the 1950s and 1960s he wrote for Playhouse 90.

Longstreet's nonfiction works include San Francisco, '49 to '06 and Chicago: 1860 to 1920, as well as A Century on Wheels, The Story of Studebaker and a Jewish cookbook, The Joys of Jewish Cooking, that he wrote with his wife and occasional collaborator, Ethel (Wikidata).

The world of jazz was a constant theme throughout Longstreet's life. A number of his books dealt with jazz, Including Jazz From A to Z: A Graphic Dictionary, his 100th book, published in 1989.

He died on February 20, 2002.


Fiction (incomplete list)
  • The Pedlocks
  • The Lion at Morning
  • The Beach House
  • Man of Montmartre
  • Geisha
  • Remember William Kite?
  • Pedlock and Sons
  • The Young Men of Paris
  • Pedlock Saint, Pedlock Sinner
  • The Last Man Comes Home (1942)
  • The Sisters Liked Them Handsome (1946)
  • The Promoters (1957)
  • She Walks in Beauty (1970)
  • High Button Shoes, A Period comedy in Two Acts (1949)
  • The Boy in the Model-T (1956)
  • The Real Jazz, Old and New (1956); reprint 1969
  • A Treasury of the World's Great Prints (1961)
  • The Wilder Shore; A Gala Social History of San Francisco's Sinners and Spenders, 1849-1906 (1968)[2]
  • with Ethel Longstreet: A Salute to American Cooking (1968)[3]
  • The Canvas Falcons: The Story of the Men and Planes of World War I (1970)[4]
  • We All Went to Paris: Americans in the City of Light, 1776-1971 (1972)
  • Chicago, 1860-1919 (1973)[5]
  • with Ethel Longstreet: The Joys of Jewish Cooking (1974)
  • Win or Lose: A Social History of Gambling in America (1977)[6]