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Max Simon Ehrlich (October 10, 1909February 11, 1983) was an American writer from Springfield, Massachusetts. He is best known for writing the novel The Reincarnation of Peter Proud and the movie of the same name.

Ehrlich began his career in newspapers, working as a correspondent for the Albany, New York Knickerbocker Press and Evening News during his college years, then after graduating as a feature writer for the Springfield, Massachusetts Republican. From there he turned to radio, working as the chief writer of the script division of WSPR in 1938 and 1939, in the script division of the American Jewish Committee from 1939 to 1941, and from 1941 to 1945 he was the assistant script director of the radio division of the American Red Cross. After 1945, Ehrlich was a novelist, playwright, and television dramatist. He wrote radio scripts for such series as The Big Story, The Shadow, Big Town, and Mr. and Mrs. North. He also adapted many novels, plays, and short stories for radio. His television work includes scripts for the series Barney Blake, The Big Story, The Defenders, The Nurses, The United States Steel Hour, and Star Trek (episode "The Apple").