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Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy About An important writer of the American South, he is known for novels such as The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini (both of which were adapted into Hollywood movies). His 1972 teaching memoir, The Water Is Wide, was also made into a film. Life Before Becoming Famous His experiences as a […]

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Perry Moore

Perry Moore About Remembered for his 2007, Lambda Award-winning novel, Hero, this American fiction writer also worked as a Hollywood film producer. In the latter role, he is best known for his work on the popular Chronicles of Narnia movies. Life Before Becoming Famous After graduating from the University of Virginia in the mid-1990s, he […]

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Bob Shaw

Bob Shaw About Remembered for his Hugo Award-nominated science fiction works The Ragged Astronauts (a 1987 novel) and “Light of Other Days” (a 1966 short story), he is also notable for his stories for numerous Irish sci-fi fanzines and for his two Best Fan Writer Hugo Awards. Life Before Becoming Famous He encountered his first […]

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James Frank Dobie

James Frank Dobie About Folklore writer and newspaper columnist who became famous for writing about traditional life in rural Texas. Life Before Becoming Famous He attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where a professor introduced him to poetry and encouraged him to pursue a career as a writer. Other Informations He played a major role […]

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Vereen Bell

Vereen Bell About American novelist known for his novels Swamp Water and The Renegade Queen. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was killed during active duty. Life Before Becoming Famous He attended Davidson College and graduated in 1932. Other Informations As of 2014, Davidson College, his alma mater, awards the Vereen Bell […]

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Kirsten Miller

Kirsten Miller About Novelist known for writing the Kiki Strike series, which includes Inside the Shadow City, The Empress’s Tomb, and The Darkness Dwellers. Life Before Becoming Famous She published her first novel, Inside the Shadow City, in 2006. Other Informations She’s also written The Eternal Ones series and the novel How to Lead a […]

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Ranj Dhaliwal

Ranj Dhaliwal About A Canadian author of Indian descent, he is best known for his 2006 novel, Daaku, and its sequel, Daaku: The Gangster’s Life (2011). Also a prominent community activist, he became an advocate for at-risk youth in his native British Columbia. Life Before Becoming Famous He grew up in Surrey, British Columbia in […]

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Booth Tarkington

Booth Tarkington About A Pulitzer Prize-winner and one of the most popular novelists of his time, he wrote The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. His other works include Clarence: A Comedy in Four Acts (play) and Penrod Jashber (short stories). Life Before Becoming Famous He briefly attended Purdue University and went on to study at […]

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Christopher Morely

Christopher Morely About An American journalist, fiction writer, and poet, he is known for his popular novel, Kitty Foyle (1939), which was adapted into a film. He is also famous for Thunder on the Left (1925) and The Haunted Bookshop (1919). Life Before Becoming Famous After graduating from Haverford College and New College, Oxford, he […]

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Caner Yaman

Caner Yaman About Turkish author known for the books I Do Not Remember, No After, and Unutamadım. He runs a self-titled Youtube channel, where he posts poetic readings in an artistically shot manner.  Life Before Becoming Famous He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Department of English Language and Literature at Hacettepe University […]

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John Knowles

John Knowles About A twentieth-century American author, he is best known for his 1959 novel, A Separate Peace. He won both the William Faulkner Award and the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Life Before Becoming Famous He graduated from Yale University in 1949. During World War II, he served with […]

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Julie Orringer

Julie Orringer About An American author, she is known for works such as How to Breathe Underwater (a short story collection published in 2003) and The Invisible Bridge (a 2010 novel). She also published short stories in Ploughshares, the Paris Review, and other notable literary journals. Life Before Becoming Famous She studied at Cornell University […]

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Mark Harris

Mark Harris About American novelist, biographer, and teacher who wrote Bang the Drum Slowly (1956), about a baseball season with the fictional New York Mammoths. His other works include the racially-themed Trumpet to the World (1946) and the 1953 novel, The Southpaw. Life Before Becoming Famous He graduated from both the University of Denver and […]

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Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt About An American fiction writer, she is best known for novels such as The Secret History (1992) and The Little Friend (2002). She was the 2003 recipient of the W.H. Smith Literary Award. Life Before Becoming Famous She studied writing at Bennington College and published her debut novel, The Secret History, in 1992. […]

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Arno Schmidt

Arno Schmidt About A German writer and translator, he is known for such works as Leviathan, The Egghead Republic, and Evening Edged in Gold. His most famous work is the 1970 novel, Zettels Traum. Life Before Becoming Famous He was born in Hamburg, Germany and was drafted into Wehrmacht service at the beginning of World […]