Category: Non-Fiction

Ames, Delano

Born: May 29, 1906 Died: January, 1987 Ohio connection: Birth Mount Vernon Delano L. Ames was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on May 29, 1906.  He was the son of Benjamin and Isabel Cooper (nee Kirk) Ames. Delano’s father was a prominent businessman in Knox County, but moved the family to New Mexico in 1917.  As a …

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Alger, Leclaire

(Sorche Nic Leodhas) Born: May 20, 1898 Died: November 14, 1969 Ohio connection: Birth Youngstown Born Leclaire Gowans on May 20, 1898, in Youngstown, Ohio, Alger wrote most of her books under the Gaelic pen-name Sorche Nic Leodhas (pronounced “Sore-ka Nik Le-oh-das”), which means “Claire, daughter of Louis.” Writing under the Gaelic pseudonym provided realism to her Gaelic tales …

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Albacete, M. J.

Born: July 23, 1939 Ohio connection: Birth Canton Manuel Joseph Albacete was born on July 23, 1939 in Canton, Ohio, son of Francisco Albacete (contractor) and Anna Siska Albacete.  Most of his life he has lived in Canton, except for a period of eight years when the family resided in Johnstown, PA from 1946 to 1954.   …

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Adoff, Arnold

Born: July 16, 1935 Ohio connection: Resident Yellow Springs A champion of multiculturalism and an accomplished poet and anthologist, Arnold Adoff was born in New York City. His father had immigrated to the United States from a town near the Polish-Russian border, and the Adoff family was well-read, with a keen sense of their Jewish heritage. At …

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Adkins, Jan

Born: November 7, 1944 Ohio connection: Birth Gallipolis Born in Gallipolis, OH, and raised across the river in Wheeling, West Virginia, author and illustrator Jan Adkins has said that he is “an explainer, a storyteller with words and images, an advocate for young minds, a resource for images, and a dinosaur holdout for simplicity and grace …

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Adams, John R.

Born: July 22, 1900 Died: April 25, 1994 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati John R. Adams was born July 22, 1900, in Cincinnati, son of Thomas (an engraver) and Margaret (Morse) Adams.  He earned a bachelor’s degree (1920) and a Master of Arts (1922) from the University of Michigan.  He married Jane Ford (a free-lance writer), June 26, …

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Adams, Hazard

Born: February 15, 1926 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland The son of Robert Simeon and Mary Leone (Thurness) Adams, Hazard Adams was born February 15, 1926, in Cleveland, OH. One of the leading scholars in the fields of English romanticism and literary theory and criticism, Adams received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1948 and earned his …

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Abdul, Raoul

Born: November 7, 1929 Died: January 15, 2010 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Author and classical singer, Raoul Abdul was once an editorial assistant to Langston Hughes, Abdul was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Hamid who was born in Calcutta, India and Beatrice (Shreve) Abdul.  Abdul attended John Hay High School, and later earned a diploma from …

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William, Allen

Born: September 8, 1940 Ohio connection: Resident Columbus Born in Dallas, Texas, and writing since the age of twelve, William Allen has interests that include fiction and nonfiction, history, humor, nature, and regional writing about his Texas background. Allen attended universities in Texas, California, and Iowa, and has taught creative writing at The Ohio State …

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