Biographical Information:

Dates: 1926-1998
Dates in Ridgefield: 1960-1987

nonfiction, journalism,
journalist, magazine editor

“The English language has an enormous amount of power if it’s used right,” Max Gunther told The Ridgefield Press in 1976. “In English, you can roll up your sleeves and really say what you want with impact.” And for nearly 50 years, doing it right was Max Gunther’s work. He wrote 26 books – two of them best-sellers – and was a contributor to such national magazines as Saturday Evening Post, Playboy, McCall’s, TV Guide and Redbook. A native of England, he came to the United States when he was 11, graduated from Princeton in 1949, and served in the U.S. Army in 1950-1951. From 1951 to 1955, he was a staff member of Business Week, then a contributing editor to Time for two years. His first book, Split Level Trap, described suburban life and became a best-seller, as did The Weekenders, a popular study of how Americans spent their weekends. Most of his other books were non-fiction, many dealing with mystical subjects. He lived on Peaceable Ridge and later Beechwood Lane from 1960 until 1987 when he moved to Heritage Village. He died in 1998 at the age of 72.

Titles (partial):
Split Level Trap, 1960
The Weekenders, 1964
Instant Millionaires: The Secrets of Overnight Success, 1973
Good Breaks, 1986
How to Get Lucky, 1986

--Sources: Notable Ridgefielders-Jack Sanders; www.harriman-house.com; Wikipedia