September 23, 2013
Indiana Authors

Indiana boasts many things that Hoosiers can be proud of (did you know we produced the limestone used to DSC_0158build the Empire State Building?) but perhaps the most important thing Indiana has to offer is our wealth of authors. A stroll through your local library or favorite bookstore provides book after book penned by famous Indiana authors, from Kurt Vonnegut to John Green.

We have compiled here (with the help of Indiana Historical Bureau and Carnegie Wabash Public Library) a list of Indiana authors for you to peruse.

Fiction Writers:

Ann Rinaldi

Barbara Shoup

Booth Tarkington

Charles Major

Dan Wakefield

Dorothy Drumm Hamilton

Edward Eggleston

Elisabeth H. Friermood

Gene Stratton-Porter

George Barr McCutcheon

James Alexander Thom

JD Phillips

Jean Shepherd

Jessamyn West

Kathryn Lasky

Kurt Vonnegut

Lew Wallace

Maurice Thompson

Michael Martone

Ross Lockridge, Jr.

Thomas Black

William J. Palmer


Children’s Book Authors:

Betty Jo Schuler

Bill Peet

Eth Clifford

Jeanette Covert Nolan

Mabel Leigh Hunt

Miriam E. Mason

Raymond McDonald Alden

Rebecca Kai Dotlich


Young Adult Writers:

John Green

Margaret McMullan

Phyllis Naylor


Mystery Writers:

Jeanne M. Dams

Joe L. Hensley

Kit Ehrman

P.M. Carlson

Rex Stout

Sara Hoskinson Frommer

Terence Faherty

Ralph McInerny



George Ade

Joseph Hayes

Steven Sater



James Whitcomb Riley

Jared Carter

Rebecca Lard



Jim Davis

John Gruelle

Kin Hubbard

Norman Bridwell



Aracelis Girmay

Scott Russell Sanders

Susan Neville


Noticed someone missing? Let us know!


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2 responses to “Indiana Authors”

  1. Robert Evans says:

    Ernie Pyle is the most important and probably the most world famous writer to come from Indiana. His work changed the way conflict journalism was written, defined the character of World War II from the ground level for most Americans, and introduced the United States as a character on the world stage to many countries around the world. We need to give him his due.

  2. BigStanRutgers says:

    Oh boy, here we go… The usual suspects. Nobody independent or radical. Whatever. Indiana never appreciates its true innovators.

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