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William Eastlake (1917 - 1997) was an American writer. The literary critic Larry McCaffery has included the Checkerboard Trilogy in his list of the 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction.
The Checkerboard Trilogy consists of the works Go in Beauty (1956), The Bronc People (1958), and Portrait of an Artist with Twenty-Six Horses (1963). His book, Castle Keep was made into the 1969 movie, Castle Keep, directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Burt Lancaster, Patrick O'Neal, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Bruce Dern, and Peter Falk.