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Robert C. O'Brien (I) (1918–1973)

Robert Lesley Conly aka Robert C. O'Brien was an American author best known for his 1975 novel 'Z for Zachariah', a post-apocalyptic story set in the wake of World War III. It follows sixteen-year-old central protagonist Ann Burden, who has survived a nuclear war having found a remote section of valley that is protected from nuclear fallout. The ... See full bio »

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 2015 Z for Zachariah (based on the book by)
 1998 The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (Video) (characters)
 1984 Play for Today (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- Z for Zachariah (1984) ... (novel)
 1982 The Secret of NIMH (novel "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH")
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 2004 Everwood (TV Series) (text - 1 episode)
- The L Word (2004) ... (text: "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh")

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Novel: "Z for Zachariah" (filmed as Play for Today: Z for Zachariah (1984)).


Sally McCaslin  (his death)  (4 children)

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In the 1950s he bought a small farm near the Potomac River (and used the farm as the setting for his book "A Report From Group 17"). However, in the 1960s he developed glaucoma and could no longer drive after dark. In 1963 he was forced to move back to the city. Now living within minutes of his job, he had time to begin to write fiction, but he used a pseudonym because National Geographic didn't ... See more »

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