Media Life: Auburn’s All-Time Top 5 Authors
After last week’s foray into the wonderful world of
Homegrown writers or authors who have made Auburn and its environs home have cropped up regularly over the years, making this Top 5 a particularly daunting one.
But there have been five who stand out among the many deserving authors. The rankings provide a glimpse into some of the best
4. Steve Martini. You may know him as the wildly successful novelist of thrillers that regularly land on the New York Times bestseller lists. Think “Prime Witness,” “Undue Influence,” “The Judge,” and “Compelling Evidence.” But Meadow Vistans of a certain vintage would remember Martini as a neighbor as he commuted to work in
3. Ranking the Top 3 is a toughie but Media Life is going to go with Jackson Gregory in the No. 3 slot. Not a well-known name today, Gregory was a prolific and successful Western and detective novelist from the 1910s through the 1940s. He lived in
1. A tie. Clark Ashton Smith was an incredibly gifted short-story writer and poet in the fantasy realm. Morton Thompson’s star shone bright for a brief flickering moment, snuffed out by an early death.
First Smith. Born in
With little formal schooling, Smith read – and then re-read – the Encyclopedia Britannica cover-to-cover and digested dictionaries. Wordy and eclectic, he found favor in
But the heavy mantle of fame wasn’t something young Smith handled well and he retreated to his
Smith died in 1961 after living most of his life in
Thompson lived two years in
Thompson based his novel around characters he encountered in the