Connecticut Authors and Books
To have a list of famous Connecticut authors and their 1-2 most famous books, and additionally, to have a list of books with the plot being based in Connecticut published over the last 10 years.
Famous Connecticut Authors
- Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who lived in Ridgefield, Connecticut, wrote the best-selling children's book "Where the Wild Things Are."
- Author Stephanie Meyer, from Hartford Connecticut wrote the highly popular series "Twilight," which has since inspired a series of highly successful films.
- Joseph Payne Brennan
was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and wrote many science fiction books, including "Weird Tales," "Nine Horrors and a Dream," and "The Shapes of Midnight."
- Truman Capote, author of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood," attended high school in Greenwich, Connecticut.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, and died in Hartford, wrote the seminal novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
- World famous author F. Scott Fitzgerald, wrote "The Great Gatsby". He, along with his wife Zelda, lived in a house in Westport, Connecticut in 1920.
- Suzanne Collins is the author of the critically-acclaimed series "The Hunger Games". She was born in Hartford, Connecticut. Her hit novel has gone on to be turned into highly successful films.
- Robert Penn Warren, author of "All The King's Men," lived out the latter part of his life in Fairfield, Connecticut. He is the only author to have won a Pulitzer Prize in fiction and in poetry.
- Science fiction writer Harry Harrison was born in Stamford, Connecticut. He wrote the novel "Make Room! Make Room!" The book later became the basis for the film "Soylent Green."
- The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, who lives in Weston, Connecticut, wrote a novel, called "Life," about his experiences as a rockstar.
- Conservative author, columnist, and lawyer Ann Coulter lives in New Canaan, Connecticut. Her works include "Godless: The Church of Liberalism," "If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans," and more recently, "Adios America: The Left's Plan to turn our Country into a Third World Hellhole."
- American author and lecturer Helen Keller lived in Westport, Connecticut, until her death in 1968. She's credited as the first deaf and blind person to earn a bachelor's degree and wrote such novels "The Story of My Life," "The World I live In," and "Optimism."
- The famous writer Samuel L. Clemens, who wrote under the name Mark Twain, lived in Redding, Connecticut before passing away at his country home there in 1910. His books include "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court".
- Novelist Robert Ludlum, former Westport, Connecticut resident, authored the novel "The Bourne Identity," creating the character of Jason Bourne and setting off a bevy of related movies.
- Pulitzer-prize winning author Annie Proulx, born in Norwich, Connecticut, wrote the novel "Brokeback Mountain" in 1997. The book was eventually turned into a highly-successful film in 2005.
- Author Jay McInerney, of Hartford, Connecticut, wrote the book "Bright Lights, Big Cities," which was eventually turned into a Hollywood movie starring Michael J. Fox and Keifer Sutherland.
- Writer Elizabeth Gilbert, was born in Waterbury, Connecticut and wrote the 2006 hit "Eat Pray Love."
- Roxbury, Connecticut, writer Candace Bushnell wrote the book "Sex and the City," and "Killing Monica." The former went on to be the basis for the hit television show by the same name.
- American playwright Arthur Miller, who lived in Roxbury, Connecticut, and was married to film star Marilyn Monroe, wrote "Death of a Salesman," "All My Sons," and "The Crucible."
- Author and commentator William F. Buckley Jr., of Stamford, Connecticut, authored "God and Man at Yale," and "McCarthy and His Enemies."
- American playwright Eugene O'Neill, who lived in New London, Connecticut in his early years, had acclaim with such works as "Desire Under the Elms," "The Iceman Cometh," and "Long Day's Journey into Night."
- Photographer and author Annie Leibovitz, of Waterbury, Connecticut wrote the book "Pilgrimage," which features a look at captivating locations around the world.
Summary Of Our Early Findings Relevant To The Goals
- Our initial hour of research provided 22 famous Connecticut authors, along with the titles to one or more of their books.
- As there was no direction given as to what defined whether they were "Connecticut authors" we assumed a very broad approach and included those that were born there, those that had moved there, those that died there, and those that had a residence there. If a different approach should have been taken, that would clearly have to be communicated to us in any reply.
- We did not have enough time in the initial hour of research to provide a list of books with the plot being based mainly in Connecticut published in the last decade.
- Please select one or more of the options provided in the proposed scoping section below.
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We are suggesting research that provides a list of 7-10 books with the plot being based in Connecticut that have been published over the last 10 years. For each book identified, we will provide the name of the book, a brief synopsis of the plot, where in Connecticut it is set, and the name of the author. Please check this box if we should proceed with this research.
We are also suggesting leveraging the initial research of the 22 famous Connecticut authors and their 1-2 most famous books by providing a targeted biography about each author that mainly centers on their life in Connecticut and/or how Connecticut touched their lives. Please check this box if we should proceed with this research.