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John Benteen

A pseudonym used by Ben Haas

John Benteen was the pseudonym for Benjamin Leopold Haas born in Charlotte , North Carolina in 1926. In his entry for CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS, Ben told us he inherited his love of books from his German-born father, who would bid on hundreds of books at unclaimed freight auctions during the Depression. His imagination was also fired by the stories of the Civil War and Reconstruction told by his Grandmother, who had lived through both. My father was a pioneer operator of motion picture theatres, Ben wrote. So I had free access to every theatre in Charlotte and saw countless films growing up, hooked on the lore of our own South and the Old West. A family friend, a black man named Ike who lived in a cabin in the woods, took him hunting and taught him to love and respect the guns that were the tools of that trade. All of these influences seeing the world like a story from a good book or movie, heartfelt tales of the Civil War and the West, a love of weapons register strongly in Bens own books.

Genres: Western

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