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Famous Writers of Carmel

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Here are some of the people who lived and wrote in or about Carmel-by-the-Sea and the surrounding landscape. Some are native sons or daughters, others eventually moved to Carmel and nearby communities, many for health reasons, and settled into their final homes by the sand and sea of Monterey Bay. All spent time there and were inspired by the land, the atmosphere, or the culture of artistic freedom.

The area still attracts creative people of all kinds. Several writers on this list also belonged to Carmel and Monterey writers' colonies, and started their careers in the company of other writers who are now well-known (and on the list). The Carmel Arts and Crafts Club was formed in 1905. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Carmel was inundated with writers and other artists who turned to the areas clubs and colonies for support. Some were offered rooms in the clubs' boarding houses, and some took advantage of building lots for sale for ten dollars down and whatever they could afford to pay per month. Mighty irresistible.

Because so many of these writers were/are extremely prolific, only the most awarded, famous, or infamous of their works are listed here. As always, a Google search will provide the rest. (Photos from Wikipedia, credited where possible)

Acclaimed Carmel Novelists

Beverly Cleary, Newbery Medal winner, children's books, Ramona and Her Mother (1979), Dear Mr. Henshaw (1983)

Robert Heinlein, Hugo award winner, science fiction, Stranger in a Strange Land (1963), Time Enough for Love (1979)

Sinclair Lewis, novelist, Nobel Prize winner, Babbit (1922), Elmer Gantry (1927)

Jack London, novelist, rancher, famous drinker, Call of the Wild (1903), White Fang (1906)

Upton Sinclair, Pulitzer Prize winner, novelist, journalist, The Jungle (1906), Oil! (There Will be Blood) (1927)

John Steinbeck, Nobel Prize winner, Pulitzer Prize winner, novelist, journalist, screenwriter, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), East of Eden (1952), Of Mice and Men (1937)

Robert Louis Stevenson, novelist, poet, musician, Kidnapped (1886), Treasure island (1883), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)

Acclaimed Carmel Writers

Mary Austin, writer, The Land of Little Rain (1903)

Morley Baer, photographer, Room and Time Enough: The Land of Mary Austin (1979)

Eric Berne, psychiatrist, The Games People Play (1964)

Gelett Burgess, journalist, poet, humorist, novelist, The Lark (magazine), A Gage of Youth (1901)

Darrel Huff, mathematician, How to Lie with Statistics (1954)

Lincoln Steffens, journalist, The Shame of the Cities (1904)

Charis Wilson, model, writer, California and the West (1940)

Acclaimed Carmel Poets

Nora May French, member of the Carmel Arts and Crafts Club, suicide by cyanide at age 26 in the home of George Sterling and his wife, The Spanish Girl (1881)

George Sterling, Member of the Carmel Arts and Crafts Club and the Bohemian Club, playwright, suicide by cyanide at age 57, A Wine of Wizardry and Other Poems (1907)

Robinson Jeffers, builder of Tor House and Hawk Tower in Carmel, Californians (1916), The Women at Point Sur (1927)