Category:Novelists from Oklahoma
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The following 56 pages are in this category, out of 56 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Ralph Ellison – Ralph Waldo Ellison was an American novelist, literary critic, and scholar. Ellison is best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953 and he also wrote Shadow and Act, a collection of political, social and critical essays, and Going to the Territory. For The New York Times, the best of these essays in addition to the novel put him among the gods of Americas literary Parnassus, a posthumous novel, Juneteenth, was published after being assembled from voluminous notes he left after his death. Ralph Waldo Ellison, named after Ralph Waldo Emerson, was born at 407 East First Street in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Lewis Alfred Ellison and Ida Millsap, on Saturday March 1,1913. He was the second of three brothers, firstborn Alfred died in infancy, and younger brother Herbert Maurice was born in 1916. The elder Ellison loved literature, and doted on his children, in 1921, Ellisons mother and her children moved to Gary, Indiana, where she had a brother. According to Ellison, his mother felt that my brother and I would have a chance of reaching manhood if we grew up in the north. She did not find a job and her brother lost his, the returned to Oklahoma, where Ellison worked as a busboy, a shoeshine boy, hotel waiter. From the father of a friend he received free instructions for playing trumpet and alto saxophone. Ida remarried three times after Lewis died, however, the family life was precarious, and Ralph worked various jobs during his youth and teens to assist with family support. While attending Douglass High School, he found time to play on the schools football team. He graduated from school in 1931. He worked for a year, and found the money to make a payment on a trumpet, using it to play with local musicians. At Douglass, he was influenced by principal Inman E. Page and his daughter, Ellison applied twice for admission to Tuskegee Institute, the prestigious all-black university in Alabama founded by Booker T. Washington. He was finally admitted in 1933 for lack of a player in its orchestra. Ellison hopped freight trains to get to Alabama, and was soon to find out that the institution was no less class-conscious than white institutions generally were. Ellisons outsider position at Tuskegee sharpened his satirical lens, critic Hilton Als believes, in passages of Invisible Man, he looks back with scorn and despair on the snivelling ethos that ruled at Tuskegee. Tuskegees music department was perhaps the most renowned department at the school, Ellison also was guided by the departments piano instructor, Hazel Harrison
2. Tony Hillerman – Anthony Grove Tony Hillerman was an award-winning American author of detective novels and non-fiction works best known for his Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels. Several of his works have been adapted as big-screen and television movies, Tony Hillerman was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma to August Alfred Hillerman, a farmer and shopkeeper, and his wife, Lucy Grove. He was the youngest of their three children, and the second son and his paternal grandparents were born in Germany, and his maternal grandparents were born in England. He grew up in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, attending elementary and he was a decorated combat veteran of World War II, serving from August 1943 to October 1945. He served as a mortar-man in the 103rd Infantry Division and he earned the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart. He attended the University of Oklahoma after the war, meeting Marie Unzner, the couple wed and have one biological child and five adopted children. From 1948–62, he worked as a journalist, moving to Santa Fe, in 1966, he moved his family to Albuquerque, where he earned a masters degree from the University of New Mexico. He taught journalism from 1966 to 1987 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and he lived there with his wife Marie until his death in 2008. At the time of his death, they had been married 60 years and had ten grandchildren, a consistently bestselling author, he was ranked as New Mexicos 22nd wealthiest man in 1996. He wrote 18 books in his Navajo series and he wrote more than 30 books total, among them a memoir and books about the Southwest, its beauty and its history. His literary honors were awarded for his Navajo books, Hillermans books have been translated into eight languages, among them Danish and Japanese. Hillermans writing is noted for the details he provides about his subjects, Hopi, Zuni, European-American, federal agents. His works in nonfiction and in fiction reflect his appreciation of the wonders of the American Southwest and his appreciation of its people. His mystery novels are set in the Four Corners area of New Mexico and Arizona, sometimes reaching into Colorado and Utah, with forays to the big cities of Washington. Los Angeles and New York City, the protagonists are Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the Navajo tribal police. Lt. Leaphorn was introduced in Hillermans first novel, The Blessing Way, Jim Chee was introduced in the fourth novel, People of Darkness. The two first work together in the novel, Skinwalkers, considered his breakout novel, with a distinct increase in sales with the two police officers working together. The Upfield novels began to be published in 1928 and featured a half-European, half-aboriginal Australian hero, bony worked with deep understanding of tribal traditions
3. Louis L'Amour – Louis Dearborn LAmour was an American novelist and short story writer. His books consisted primarily of Western novels, however, he wrote historical fiction, science fiction, non-fiction. Many of his stories were made into film, John Wayne once said he was the most interesting man in the world. LAmours books remain popular and most have gone through multiple printings, at the time of his death almost all of his 105 existing works were still in print, and he was considered one of the worlds most popular writers. Louis Dearborn LaMoore was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, in 1908 and he was of French ancestry through his father and Irish through his mother. Dr. LaMoore was a veterinarian, local politician and farm-equipment broker who had arrived in Dakota Territory in 1882. Although the area around Jamestown was mostly farm land, cowboys and livestock often traveled through Jamestown on their way to or from ranches in Montana and the markets to the east. LAmour once said, enabled me to go into school with a deal of knowledge that even my teachers didnt have about wars. After a series of bank failures devastated the economy of the upper Midwest, Dr. LaMoore, removing Louis and his adopted brother John from school, they headed south in the winter of 1923. Making his way as a mine assessment worker, professional boxer and merchant seaman, Louis traveled the country and the world, sometimes with his family, sometimes not. He visited all of the states plus England, Japan, China, Borneo, the Dutch East Indies, Arabia, Egypt. There, he changed his name to Louis LAmour and settled down to try to make something of himself as a writer. He had success with poetry, articles on boxing and writing and editing sections of the WPA Guide Book to Oklahoma, finally, LAmour placed a story, Death Westbound, in a magazine that was very much the Playboy of its day. 10 Story Book featured what was supposed to be quality writing alongside scantily attired, several years later, LAmour placed his first story for pay, Anything for a Pal, published in True Gang Life. Two lean disappointing years passed after that, and then, in 1938, along with other adventure and crime stories, LAmour created the character of mercenary sea captain Jim Mayo. Starting with East of Gorontalo, the series ran nine episodes from 1940 until 1943. Surprisingly, given his career, LAmour wrote only one story in the western genre prior to World War II. LAmour continued as an itinerant worker, traveling the world as a merchant seaman until the start of World War II, during World War II, he served in the United States Army as a Lieutenant with the 3622nd Quartermaster Truck Company
4. Jim Thompson (writer) – James Myers Thompson was an American author and screenwriter, known for his hardboiled crime fiction. Thompson wrote more than thirty novels, the majority of which were original publications by houses. Despite some positive critical notice—notably by Anthony Boucher in The New York Times—he was little-recognized in his lifetime, only after death did Thompsons literary stature grow, when in the late 1980s, several novels were re-published in the Black Lizard series of re-discovered crime fiction. Thompsons writing culminated in a few of his works, The Killer Inside Me, Savage Night, A Hell of a Woman. A number of Thompsons books became popular films, including The Getaway, the writer R. V. ever wrote a book within miles of Thompson. Similarly, in the introduction to Now and on Earth, Stephen King says he most admires Thompsons work because The guy was over the top, the guy was absolutely over the top. Big Jim didnt know the meaning of the word stop, there are three brave lets inherent in the foregoing, he let himself see everything, he let himself write it down, then he let himself publish it. Thompson was nicknamed as being a Dimestore Dostoevsky by writer Geoffrey OBrien, film director Stephen Frears, who directed an adaptation of Thompsons The Grifters as 1990s The Grifters, also identified elements of Greek tragedy in his themes. Thompsons life was nearly as colorful as his fiction, which was semi-autobiographical, or, at least, Thompsons father was sheriff of Caddo County, Oklahoma. He ran for the legislature in 1906, but was defeated. The Thompson family moved to Texas, Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma Territory, and began writing early, a few short pieces were published in his mid-teens. He was intelligent and well-read, but had little interest in or inclination towards formal education, for about two years during prohibition in Fort Worth, Texas, Thompson worked long and often wild nights as a bellboy while attending school in the day. He worked at the Hotel Texas, one biographical profile reports that Thompson quickly adapted to the needs of the hotels guests, busily catering to tastes ranging from questionable morality to directly and undeniably illegal. Bootleg liquor was ubiquitous, and Thompsons brief trips to procure heroin and he was soon earning up to $300 per week more than his official $15 monthly wage. He smoked and drank heavily, and at nineteen he suffered a nervous breakdown, in 1926, Thompson began working as an oil field laborer. In the oil fields he met Industrial Workers of the World member, organizer and musician Harry McClintock, with his father he began an independent oil drilling operation that was ultimately unsuccessful. Thompson returned to Fort Worth, intending to attend school and to write professionally, Thompson’s autobiographical Oil Field Vignettes appeared in 1929. He began attending the University of Nebraska the same year as part of a program for gifted students with educational backgrounds
5. William Bernhardt – William Bernhardt is an American thriller/mystery/suspense fiction author best known for his Ben Kincaid series of books. Bernhardt has sold more than 10 million books in the US and he has been nominated for the Oklahoma Book Award seventeen times in three different categories and has twice won, in 1995 and 1999. In 1998 he received the Southern Writers Guilds Gold Medal Award, in 2000, he was honored with the H. That same year, he was presented with a Career Achievement Award at the 2000 Booklovers Convention in Houston and he has also been inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. In 2009, he received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award from the University of Scranton and his poetry has received two Pushcart Prize nominations and an Oklahoma Book Award nomination. He has also received a Certificate of Recognition from the American Academy of American Poets, Bernhardt is best known for his series of novels featuring idealistic attorney Ben Kincaid. Library Journal called him the master of the courtroom drama and he has also written several novels outside the series, including the nonfiction novel Nemesis, The Final Case of Eliot Ness. His other series character, Susan Pulaski, appears in the novels Dark Eye, Bernhardt is also one of the nations most in-demand writing instructors. He founded the Red Sneaker Writing Center, which hosts a writing workshop each year in Oklahoma. He also provides a free Red Sneaker e-newsletter and a free Red Sneaker phone app which he updates regularly with a blog on writing and he has also written the nonfiction Red Sneaker series on writing. In addition to his work as a writer and teacher, Bernhardt and his published books. He has published books by acclaimed authors such as Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist N. Scott Momaday, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Janis Ian, the primary focus of the company, however, has been to provide a publishing venue for the unpublished. Bernhardt published the first novel by P. C, cast, now known for her highly successful House of Night series of young adult novels. He is on the Board of Directors for the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, a former trial attorney, Bernhardt has received several awards for his pro bono work and public service. In 1994, Barrister Magazine named him one of the top 25 young lawyers in America and he lives in Oklahoma with his wife, Lara Bernhardt, the novelist and audiobook narrator, and their children. On October 10,2013, Bernhardt became a Jeopardy, champion, fulfilling a lifelong dream of appearing on that quiz show
6. C. J. Cherryh – Carolyn Janice Cherry, better known by the pen name C. J. Cherryh, is an American writer of speculative fiction. She has written more than 60 books since the mid-1970s, including the Hugo Award-winning novels Downbelow Station and Cyteen and she is known for world building, depicting fictional realms with great realism supported by vast research in history, language, psychology, and archeology. Her series of novels set in the Alliance-Union universe, the Morgaine Stories, have sold in excess of 3 million copies. Cherryh appended a silent h to her name because her first editor, Donald A. Wollheim. Her initials, C. J. were used to disguise the fact that she was female at a time when almost all science fiction authors were male, the author has an asteroid,77185 Cherryh, named after her. Referring to this honor, the asteroids discoverers wrote of Cherryh, Cherryh was the Guest of Honor at FenCon IX in Dallas/Fort Worth on September 21–23,2012. Cherryh was born in 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri and raised primarily in Lawton and she began writing stories at the age of ten when she became frustrated with the cancellation of her favorite TV show, Flash Gordon. In 1964, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin from the University of Oklahoma, with specializations in archaeology, mythology. In 1965, she received a Master of Arts degree in classics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, after graduation, Cherryh taught Latin, Ancient Greek, the classics, and ancient history at John Marshall High School in the Oklahoma City public school system. While her job was teaching Latin, her passion was the history, religion, during the summers, she would conduct student tours of the ancient ruins in England, France, Spain, and Italy. In her spare time, she would write, using the mythology of Rome, in fact, Cherryh did not consider writing short stories until after she had several novels published. Instead, Cherryh wrote novels in her time away from teaching. Initially, she met little success. In fact, she was forced to some of her early works when various publishers lost the manuscripts she submitted. Retyping from carbon copies of her manuscripts was cheaper than paying for photocopying and her breakthrough came in 1975 when Donald A. Wollheim purchased both manuscripts she had submitted to DAW Books, Gate of Ivrel and Brothers of Earth. It was a set of characters I’d invented when I was, oh, so it was an old favorite of my untold stories, and ended up being the first in print. The two novels were published in 1976, Gate of Ivrel preceding Brothers of Earth by several months, the books won her immediate recognition and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1977. Other companies that have published her novels include Baen Books, HarperCollins, Warner Books and she published six additional novels in the late 1970s
7. Elizabeth George (author) – Elizabeth George is an American author and Christian speaker based in Seattle, Washington. She has authored over 80 books and gift books aimed mainly towards women and also young adults, teens, tweens. She also co-authored 4 marriage books and 3 children’s books with Jim George, George was born in Granite, Oklahoma November 11,1944 to Richard Henry White and Ruth Harrison White. She graduated College High School in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1962 and she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from The University of Oklahoma in 1966. Her first year out of college, George was a high and high school English. She was also a Logos Bible Institute instructor and a Bible study lecturer and curriculum development team member at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, George began writing in the early 1990s. She authored her first book, Loving God with All Your Mind in 1994 and her 1997 release, A Woman After God’s Own Heart, gave her exposure and credibility, which propelled her writing career and bestseller status. George has authored over 80 books since the mid-90s, to date, she has sold over 9 million books worldwide, translated into 19 languages. George was the recipient of the Harvest House Gold Award in 2002, in 2008, A Woman After Gods Own Heart spent 13 months on the CBA Top 50 Bestseller list, Christian Retailing Top 100 Bestsellers list, and the Wesley Owen Croydon Top 10 Bestsellers list. Following God with All Your Heart was ranked #47 on the ECPA Top 50 for one month in 2008, breaking The Worry Habit…Forever. was ranked #33 on the ECPA Top 50 list for two months in 2009. It was also on the ECPA Young Adult Top 20 in 2010, a Girl’s Guide to Making Really Good Choices was ranked third on the CBA Young Adult best sellers list in April 2013. George married Jim George on June 1,1965 in Bartlesville, the couple met while attending The University of Oklahoma. George graduated from The University of Oklahoma in 1966, today the Georges live in Seattle, Washington and spend time writing in Hawaii. They have two daughters and eight grandchildren. George and her husband have co-authored four marriage books and three children’s books, biblical patriarchy Elizabeth Georges Homepage Harvest Houses Homepage Works by or about Elizabeth George in libraries
8. Wyman Guin – Wyman Woods Guin was an American pharmacologist and advertising executive best known for writing science fiction. Born in Wanette, Oklahoma, he started publishing during 1950 and he is known best as a short story writer and was associated strongly with Galaxy. He produced only one novel, The Standing Joy, in 2013, Guin was named as recipient for the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award at ReaderCon 24. Contemporary Authors Vol.171 pg.149, the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction pages 528-529. Fantastic Fiction listing Wyman Guin at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
9. Joe Haldeman – Joe William Haldeman is an American science fiction author. He is best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War and that novel, and other of his works including The Hemingway Hoax and Forever Peace, have won major science fiction awards including the Hugo Award and Nebula Award. For his career writing science fiction and/or fantasy he is a SFWA Grand Master, Haldeman was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His family traveled and he lived in Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Washington DC, Bethesda, in 1965, Haldeman married Mary Gay Potter, known as Gay. He received a BS degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Maryland in 1967 and he was immediately drafted into the United States Army, and served as a combat engineer in Vietnam. He was wounded in combat and received a Purple Heart, in 1975, he received an MFA degree in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. Haldeman resides alternately in Gainesville, Florida and Cambridge, Massachusetts, since 1983, he has been an Adjunct Professor teaching writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is also the fictional setting for his 2007 novel, The Accidental Time Machine. In addition to being a writer, Haldeman is a painter. In 2009 and 2010, he was hospitalized for pancreatitis, Haldeman is the brother of Jack C. Haldeman II, also an author whose work included an original Star Trek novel. Haldemans first book was a 122-page novel, War Year, published by Holt, Rinehart, the novel was sold with the help of fellow writer Ben Bova. It was based on his letters home from Vietnam, and was marketed as mainstream and Young Adult. His most famous novel is his second, The Forever War and it won the years Best Novel Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards. He later turned it into a series, in 1975, two Attar novels were published as Pocket Books paperback originals under the pen name Robert Graham. Haldeman also wrote two of the earliest original novels based on the 1960s Star Trek television series universe, Planet of Judgment, Haldeman wrote the first two SF stories that he sold, in a college creative writing class in 1967. Not bad for a story banged out overnight to meet a class deadline, Haldeman has written at least one produced Hollywood movie script. The film, a science fiction film called Robot Jox, was released in 1990. He was not entirely happy with the product, saying to me it’s as if I’d had a child who started out well, in a 2016 interview, Haldeman said, Jack of all trades, master of none I think
10. Stephen Harrigan – Stephen Harrigan is an American writer, known primarily for his 2000 historical novel The Gates of the Alamo. He was born in Oklahoma City in 1948, grew up in Texas, Harrigan began his career as a journalist, as a staff writer and later senior editor at Texas Monthly magazine. The Gates of the Alamo was a New York Times bestseller, Harrigan has written four other novels and three books of non-fiction. ”Harrigans most recent work, A Friend of Mr. Lincoln - A Novel was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2016. Stephen Harrigan has also been a screenwriter, principally in the field of made-for-television movies. R. Bindler’s documentary, Hands on a Hard Body, about an endurance contest to win a pickup truck, altman was in pre-production on the movie at the time of his death in November 2006. Articles and columns at Texas Monthly Personal website