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Rorem, Ned, 1923- ; Composers; Authors
Ned Rorem is a distinguished author and composer. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1976 orchestral suite, "Air Music." He has written several books and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Guggenheim...
Nicholson, Meredith, 1866-1947; Authors; Journalists
Nicholson dropped out of high school after completing one year. He worked in different jobs that eventually led him to a career in writing. He worked one year for the newspaper The Indianapolis Sentinel,...
Sarah Tittle Barrett Bolton
Bolton, Sarah T. (Sarah Tittle), 1814-1893; Poets; Authors; Composers; Clothing & dress; Women's rights; Suffragists
Known for her poetry, including her classic "Paddle Your Own Canoe," Sarah Bolton began writing at a young age and contributed poems to newspapers and to the Home Journal. She was poet laureate of Indiana...
Ade, George, 1866-1944; Authors, American--Indiana; Dramatists; Journalists
George Ade was a humorist, author, playwright, and newspaper columnist. After graduating from Purdue in 1887 he worked as a journalist in Lafayette before taking a job at the Chicago Daily News. His daily...
Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946; Authors; Pulitzer Prizes; Clothing & dress; Men; Cigarettes
Tarkington was a famous author who wrote novels about everyday people. He attended Purdue University and Princeton. In 1919 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his book "The Magnificent Ambersons." In 1922 he...
Authors, American; Children's literature; Artists; Cartoonists; Motion picture industry; Animation; Peet, Bill, 1915-2002
As a child Bill Peet spent much of his time drawing pictures. He was awarded a scholarship to study at Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis. He went to work for Walt Disney studios and worked on several...
Journalism; Journalists; Newspaper industry; Reporters; Newspapers; Authors; Women; Portraits; Portrait photographs; State parks & reserves; Strauss, Juliet V. (Juliet Virginia), 1863-1918
As a child Strauss showed a talent for writing. The editor of the Rockville Tribune noticed her talent and encouraged her. In 1893 she began writing the column "Squibs and Sayings" for the Rockville Tribune....
Hubbard, Kin, 1868-1930; Cartoon characters; Cartoonists; Comics; Fictitious characters; Authors, American--Indiana; Newspapers
Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard created the comic strip character Abe Martin which first appeared in the Indianapolis News on December 17, 1904. The comic's setting was the fictitious town of Bloom Center...
William H. English
English, William Hayden, 1822-1896; Politicians; Legislators; Authors, American--Indiana; Hotels; Opera houses
William English was a politician who served 4 terms in the U.S. Congress. In 1880 he was the Democratic candidate for vice president. He built the English Opera House and Hotel on the northwest quadrant...
Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944; Politicians--United States; Authors, American--Indiana; Lawyers
Willkie was the Republican candidate for president in 1940. Following his loss he toured the world at the invitation of President Roosevelt, meeting the leaders of other countries. Following this trip...
Gene Stratton Porter
Stratton-Porter, Gene, 1863-1924; Naturalists--United States; Women naturalists--United States; Women novelists, American; Authors, American--Indiana; Wildflowers
Gene Stratton Porter and her husband Charles lived in Geneva, Indiana, near the Limberlost Swamp. She began photographing birds and animals in their natural habitat. Some of her photographs were published...
Wallace, Lew, 1827-1905; Lawyers; Authors, American--Indiana; Governors; Courts-martial and courts of inquiry--United States; Politicians; American literature--19th century; Diplomatic and consular service, American--Turkey; Trials (Assassination)--United States; New Mexico--Politics and government--1848-1950; Turkey--History--1878-1909; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Wallace served in the Mexican War from 1846-1847. He returned to Indiana and was admitted to the bar in 1849. He established his law practice in Indianapolis and was elected to the State Senate in 1856....
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Vonnegut, Kurt; Authors; Veterans; Living Legends; Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-five; Prisoners of war; World War, 1939-1945
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis. He attended Cornell University but left to enlist in the Army during World War II. Vonnegut was captured by the Germans during...
Webster, Marie D. (Marie Daugherty), 1859-1956; Quilts; Quilting; Artists; Textiles; Textile art; Business enterprises; Authors; Women; Clothing & dress; Fur; Business people
Webster was one of the most influential quilt designers of the twentieth century. Her book, "Quilts: Their Story and How to Make Them," published in 1915, was the first book wrritten on the history of...
Ehrmann, Max, 1872-1945; Poets; Authors; Poetry; Ehrmann, Max, 1872-1945. Desiderata; Paintings; Portraits; Palettes; Philosophers
Ehrmann was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. He attended DePauw University and edited the DePauw Weekly. He later studied law and philosophy at Harvard. He worked as a lawyer at his brother's overall factory...
Sperry, Portia Howe; Dolls; Authors; Toys; Rag dolls
Portia Howe Sperry was born in Illinois. She married Ralph Waldo Emerson Sperry and they lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sperry's husband Ralph was a nationally known piano designer. When the Great Depression...
John T. McCutcheon
McCutcheon, John T. (John Tinney), 1870-1949; Cartoonists; Newspaper industry; Authors, American--Indiana
McCutcheon graduated form Purdue University in 1889. He moved to Chicago and worked for the Chicago Morning News in 1895 and wrote front page cartoons. He was a political cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune...
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