Bruce Cook (1932-2003), veteran critic, journalist, and author, wrote this biography with Dalton Trumbo’s full cooperation in 1976. Under the name Bruce Alexander, Cook wrote eleven mystery novels featuring the real-life historical figure Sir John Fielding, magistrate of the Bow Street court during the latter half of the eighteenth Century.
Under both names Cook wrote a total of 23 books, both fiction and nonfiction; they include a crime fiction series featuring Los Angeles private detective Chico Cervantes. Cook’s last completed novel, Young Will: The Confessions of William Shakespeare, was published posthumously. Born in Chicago, Bruce Cook lived in Los Angeles and Paris with his wife, the violinist Judith Aller.