Darryl Ponicsan

Darryl Ponicsan (/ˈpɒnɪsən/; born May 26, 1938) is an American writer. He is best known as the author of the 1970 novel The Last Detail, which was adapted into a 1973 film starring Jack Nicholson. A sequel, Last Flag Flying, based on his 2005 novel of the same name, was released in 2017 and he also co-wrote the screenplay with Richard Linklater. He also wrote the 1973 novel and screenplay Cinderella Liberty, starring James Caan. Ponicsan writes mystery novels under the pen name Anne Argula.

Darryl Ponicsan
Ponicsan in 2008
BornMay 26, 1938 (1938-05-26) (age 81)
Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Pen nameAnne Argula[1]
OccupationAuthor, screenwriter

Life and career

Ponicsan was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, the son of Anne (née Kuleck) and Frank G. Ponicsan, a merchant.[2] He attended Muhlenberg College, (A.B., 1959) and Cornell University, (M.A., 1965).

He was teacher of English at a high school in Owego, New York, 1959–62, He served in the US Navy from 1962 to 1965 aboard the USS Monrovia and USS Intrepid,[3] was a social worker for Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California in 1965, and teacher of high-school English in La Cañada, California from 1966 to 1969.

Ponicsan also wrote the screenplays for the CBS movie A Girl Called Hatter Fox (1977), the movies Nuts (1987), School Ties (1992), the HBO movie The Enemy Within (1992), and the CBS series The Mississippi (1983). He has worked frequently with producer-director Harold Becker, penning scripts for Taps (1981), Vision Quest (1985), and The Boost (1988).


  • The Last Detail (New York: Dial Press, 1970)
  • Goldengrove (New York: Dial Press, 1971)
  • Andoshen, Pa. (New York: Dial Press, 1973)
  • Cinderella Liberty (New York: Harper and Row, 1973)
  • Tom Mix Died for Your Sins (New York: Delacorte Press 1975)
  • The Accomplice (New York: Harper and Row, 1975)
  • The Ringmaster (New York: Delacorte Press, 1978)
  • An Unmarried Man (New York: Delacorte Press 1980)
  • Last Flag Flying (New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2017)
  • Homicide My Own (as Anne Argula) (New York: Pleasure Boat Studio, 2005)[1]
  • Walla Walla Suite: A Room with No View (as Anne Argula) (New York: Ballantine, 2007)
  • Krapp's Last Cassette (as Anne Argula) (Ballantine, 2009) [cf. Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett]
  • The Last Romanian (as Anne Argula) (New York: Pleasure Boat Studio, 2012)
  • Eternal Sojourners (New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2019)



  1. "Homicide My Own". Pleasure Boat Studios. Archived from the original on 2007-06-23.
  2. "Darryl Ponicsan Biography (1942-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  3. The Last Detail Ponicsán, Darryl Hachette UK, 28 Sep. 2017
  • Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2002. PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000079050.
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