Harvey Swados (1920–1972) was born in Buffalo, the son of a doctor. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he served in the Merchant Marine during World War II and published his first novel, Out Went the Candle
, in 1955. His other books include the novels Standing Fast
; a group of stories set in an auto plant, On the Line
, widely regarded as a classic of the literature of work; and various collections of nonfiction, including A Radical’s America.
Swados’s 1959 essay for Esquire
, “Why Resign from the Human Race?,” has often been said to have inspired the formation of the Peace Corps.