Sanford Friedman (1928–2010) was born in New York City. After graduating from the Horace Mann School and the Carnegie Institute of Technology, he was stationed as a military police officer in Korea, earning a Bronze Star. He began his career as a playwright and theater producer, and was later a writing instructor at Juilliard and SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). “Ocean,” a chapter from Totempole
, was serialized in Partisan Review
in 1964 and won second prize in the 1965 O. Henry Awards. Totempole
(1965) was followed by the novels A Haunted Woman
(1968), Still Life
(1975), and Rip Van Winkle
(1980). At the time of his death, Friedman left behind an unpublished manuscript for the novel Conversations with Beethoven
, now available as an NYRB Classic.