Category: Southwest

Boyle, Kay

Born: February 19, 1902 Died: December 27, 1992 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cincinnati Kay Boyle was a versatile writer, educator and political activist.  She was twice awarded Guggenheim fellowships and won the O. Henry Award for best short story of the year (“The White Horses of Vienna”) in 1935 and again (“Defeat”) in 1941.  Boyle has …

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Burnett, William Riley

Born: November 25, 1899 Died: April 25, 1982 Ohio connection: Birth Springfield Although an author of Westerns and a successful screenwriter, William Riley Burnett is best known as the originator of the gangster novel. The underworld icons of sleek cars, flashy clothes, bootleg liquor, and tommy guns find their origins in Burnett’s first novel, Little Caesar (1929). …

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Borden, Louise

Born:  October 30, 1949 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Louise Walker Borden was born in Cincinnati on October 30, 1949 to William Lee and Louise (Crutcher) Walker.  Inspired by a grandmother who loved history, Borden grew up fascinated by the stories of ordinary people and their relation to historical events. An avid reader of nonfiction and historical …

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Birmingham, Stephen

Born: May 28, 1932 Died: November 15, 2015 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cincinnati Stephen Birmingham was born in 1932 in Hartford, Connecticut, son of Thomas and Editha (Gardner) Birmingham. He received a B.A. degree from Williams College in 1953, and also studied for a time in England. He married Janet Tillson in 1953 with whom he had three …

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Berger, Thomas Louis

Born: July 20, 1924 Died: July 13, 2014 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Thomas Louis Berger, deemed “one of the 20th century’s most important writers in the English-speaking world” by the Times Literary Supplement, was born on July 20, 1924, in Cincinnati, Ohio. This satiric and darkly funny novelist is revered by writers and critics everywhere who, …

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Bellamy, Joe David

Born: December 29, 1941 Died: August 5, 2014 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Born on December 29, 1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Joe David Bellamy was the son of Orin Ross and Beulah Pearl (Zutavern) Bellamy.  He attended Duke University, 1959-1961; he received a BA in Literature from Antioch College in 1964 and received an MFA in English and Creative Writing from …

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Anderson, Sherwood

Born: September 13, 1876 Died: March 8, 1941 Ohio connection: Birth Camden Born in Ohio, Sherwood Anderson was a largely self-educated short-story writer and novelist. His formative years were spent in Clyde, Ohio, and he later lived for a number of years in Elyria. Although he published several novels, including Poor White (1920) and Many Marriages (1923), his most famous …

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