Category: Literature

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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Abbott, Tony

Born: October 26, 1952 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Tony Abbott was born in Cleveland, Ohio. The son of teachers, when he was eight, his family relocated to Fairfield, Connecticut, where his father became a university professor of American history.  Abbott graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English Literature.  Reading bedtime stories …

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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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Abbott, Lee K.

Born: October 17, 1947 Ohio connection: Resident Columbus Lee Kittredge Abbott, writer and educator, has been a professor of English for more than three decades, teaching at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio for twelve years before transferring to Ohio State University in 1989 where he taught until his retirement in 2012.  Abbott was born in the Panama Canal …

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