FLINT, MICH. -- Edmund G. Love, 78, a novelist and author of the book on which the Broadway musical "Subways Are for Sleeping" was based, died Aug. 30 at a hospital here after a heart attack. He lived in Flint.

He published about 20 books, and his writings appeared in many anthologies and textbooks on writing.

"Subways Are for Sleeping" was adapted from Love's 1957 book of the same title about experiences sleeping on New York subway trains when he couldn't afford lodging.

He also was known for "The Situation in Flushing," a 1965 book about a boy's love of trains in the early 1900s. The book was excerpted in The Saturday Evening Post.

Another of his stories inspired the feature film "Destination: Gobi."

"Hanging On" tells of his family's survival of the Great Depression.

Mr. Love received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan. He served with the Army during World War II.

After the war, he headed a team that wrote official Army military histories of the war in the Pacific theater before becoming a freelance writer.

In 1959, he published a critically acclaimed book on his Army historical research. "War Is a Private Affair," examined the unusual, and at times downright hilarious, true adventures of Marines and soldiers in the Pacific war.

Survivors include his wife, Ann, of Flint; a son; and four grandchildren.