Nebraska Authors

Emmett Dedmon

Born 1918-04-16 Auburn, NE (USA)

Died 1983-09-18
Chicago, IL (USA)

Chicago, IL (USA)
Buried in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, IL

Son of Roy Emmett and Cora (Frank) Deadman (Emmett changed the spelling of his last name). A distinguished journalist, he was a vice president and editorial director of both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Daily News. His novel Duty was based on his own experience of being shot down and imprisoned in a German prisoner of war camp in World War II. He served on the Pulitzer Prize selection committee.

Places Lived

Auburn, NE
Fairbury, NE
Chicago, IL

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction


Fiction; China; Chicago; Journalism


Bachelor of Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1939


Drama Critic

Places Worked

Chicago Sun Times
Chicago Daily News


Received Air Medal, European Ribbon with two Bronze Stars for service in World War II
American Theatre Ribbon with Bronze Star, U.S. Army Air Forces, World War II


American Society of Newspaper Editors
Society of American Historians
Society of Midland Authors
Chicago Press Club
Air Force Association
Sigma Delta Chi
Phi Kappa Psi
Chicago Club
Tavern Club
Economic Club
Arts Club


Duty to Live. 1946.
Fabulous Chicago. 1953.
Great Enterprises. 1957.
A History of the Chicago Club. 1960.
China Journal. 1973.

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