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Allan Folsom dies at 72; who sold first novel for record $2 million
Allan Folsom dies at 72; who sold first novel for record $2 million

After three decades of pitching his screenplays, Allan Folsom had a handful of credits: two episodes of the 1980s series "Hart to Hart," a nature documentary and a syndicated TV movie. Then came the kind of blockbuster break that struggling writers dream about. But it was not for a TV show or a movie. In 1993 Folsom sold a thriller novel, "The Day After Tomorrow," to a publisher for $2 million — the most ever, at that point, for a first-time novelist. "I still think $2 million is too much," he told the Los Angeles Times a few weeks after the deal went through. "But on the other hand, if you amortize it over the 30 years I've been working,...

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