Believe it or not, there IS
culture that comes from New Jersey! And I don't mean the latest diner
being built! In this category, I am including writers, artists and other
"cultural" individuals who may not fit in the other categories.
Peter Balakian - b. 1951
Poet, writer and Professor of Humanities at Colgate University.
Thanks to Bruce Smith for this suggetion.
b. 1940 d. 2006
Born in New York City, Benchley is best known as the author of the novel
"Jaws", which was turned into the blockbuster movie of the same
name, starring New Jerseyan Roy Scheider and directed by Steven Spielberg.
However, Benchley was so much more than just the maker
of ocean nightmares.
Blume - b. 1938
author, winner of numerous literary awards. Just ask your child!
Chang - b. 1968 - d. 2004
Born in Princeton, and raised in Illinois, this Chinese-American
freelance journalist and historian is best known for her book detailing
the Rape of Nanking. She commited suicide
as a result of a depressive episode from a nervous breakdown.
- b. 1929
Saddle River, NJ
Born and raised in New York, Mary
Higgins Clark, the "Queen of Suspense", is a best-selling
and award-winning mystery author.
Thanks for this suggestion goes to Jackie.
Harlan Coben - b. 1962
Born in Newark and raised in Livingston, Coben is a famous mystery/thriller author.
Thanks to Rob C. for this suggestion.
- b. 1789 d. 1851
writer, generally considered to be the first major American novelist.
Perhaps most famous for "Last of the Mohicans".
Fenimore Cooper Society
Crane - b. 1871 d. 1900
known for "The Red Badge of Courage" and "The Open Boat".
Ed Cubberly - b. 1957
Born in Bayonne, but now residing in Frenchtown, Ed Cubberly produces custom hockey goalie masks but might be best known for creating the "Hannibal Lechter" mask.
He is also a part-time artist who makes sculptures from body molds.
Diaz - b. 1968
Born in the Dominican Republic, 2008
Pulitzer award winning novelist Diaz immigrated to Parlin, NJ as a
boy, and attended Kean College and Rutgers.
Ginsberg - b. 1926 d. 1997
Born in Newark, NJ and raised in Paterson, NJ, Ginsberg
was a well-known and respected poet. He also recorded several selections
of music, with him reading his poetry over the music.
- b. 1886 d. 1918
New Brunswick, NJ
killed on the Western Front in World War 1.
Lange - b.
1895 d. 1965
Lange was an influential American documentary
photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era
Fran Lebowitz - b. 1950
Author, and sometimes actress.
Morrow Lindbergh -
b. 1906 d. 2001
Obviously best known as the wife of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh,
Anne Morrow Lindbergh was an accomplished aviator and author.
Mailer - b. 1923 d. 2007
Long Branch, NJ
Born in New Jersey,
novelist Mailer's family moved to Brooklyn when he was 4.
Mara - b.
of more than 80 books, including specialty books such as biographies for
John McPhee -
prize winning author, McPhee went to school at Princeton and has written
for numerous publications. He also penned an authoritave book on the Pine
Barrens in New Jersey.
- b. 1893 d. 1967
West End, NJ
Short story writer,
poet and critic, perhaps best known for her Algonquin Round Table in New
b. 1898 d. 1976
Robeson would fit in any category, so I just picked this one. All-American
football player, singer, actor, activist, you name it, he did it.
Roth - b. 1933
recipient of numerous Writing Awards and critical acclaim.
Schwarz - b. 1947
Born in Weehawken but grew up in Hoboken, Schwarz
has been the Music Director at the Seattle Symphony for 21 years. He could
have been put in the Music category as well.
George Segal - b. 1924 d. 2000
South Brunswick, NJ
Born in New York City, Segal was a Rutgers graduate and did most of his
work while living in central New Jersey. Segal
was a painter and sculptor,
perhaps best known for his tableaux of life-sized cast figures, usually
in stark white plaster, of ordinary people placed in everyday situations
- b. 1862 d. 1930
You probably don't know Stratemeyer's
name, but you probably heard of some of the numerous children's books
he 'wrote' under various pseudonyms: Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, The Bobbsey
Twins and Tom Swift, among many other lesser known series.
Talese - b.
Ocean City, NJ
also wrote for the New York Times.
- b. 1872 d. 1942
Dog lover and writer. If you are a doggy person, you may have heard of
Terhune and the Sunnybank
Thanks for this suggestion goes to George Latimore of Indonesia.
Tice - b. 1938
One of the best-known
in the nation, Tice is a 10th generation New Jerseyan. Particularly fascinated
with urban landscapes, his series on Paterson is well-respected.
Whitman - b. 1819 d. 1892
Poet. Moved to
Camden in 1873 after suffering a stroke, living there until he died in
C. K. Williams - b. 1936
Born in Newark, and attended school in Maplewood, Charles Kenneth Williams is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, and teaches at Princeton.
Carlos Williams - b. 1883 d. 1963
Doctor and poet,
awarded Pulitzer Prize for Poetry posthumously in 1963.
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