Monday, August 1, 2005
New Jersey Authors
What do James Fenimore Cooper, Walt Whitman, Peter Benchley and Albert Payson Terhune have in common? They are all New Jersey authors, according to Paging New Jersey, a Literary Guide to the Garden State by James F. Broderick (810.9 BRO.) Broderick's book covers writers "connected to the state in some arguably meaningful way," (p. 2.)
By that criteria he includes Toni Morrison, a professor at Princeton; Joyce Carol Oates, also of Princeton; and Thomas Nast, the political cartoonist of the 19th century.
Stories about New Jersey, some by N.J. authors, some not, are in A New Jersey Reader by Henry Charlton Beck (974.9 N) which includes Stephen Crane's account of 'New Jersey Ghosts' and 'The Story of Tempe Wick' by Frank R. Stockton.
To find more New Jersey authors go to the website of the New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame
which is at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.