Scott Spencer once defined a novelist as "someone who sits around in his underwear all day, trying not to smoke." For Spencer, not smoking has been a productive occupation, with his novels Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper both selected as contenders for the National Book Award.
Read the interview
Rhinebeck, New York
Date of Birth:
September 1, 1945
Place of Birth:
B. A., University of Wisconsin, 1969
National Book Award nomination for Endless Love, 1980 and A Ship Made of Paper, 2003
|In our interview with Spencer, he recalls his fiction debut: "I wrote my first novel when I was seven years old," he remembers. "It was about a horse that was used by the Nazis in their African campaign. The horse runs away and is rescued by an American movie company on location for a Foreign Legion movie starring Buster Crabbe."|
|The Best Book to Read First||Spencer's Favorite Reads|
Once you get past the Harlequin-esque title (and the memory of the Brooke Shields movie), you're in for a thrilling read: the story of a teenage boy's consuming, ultimately destructive love for his girlfriend and her family, told with intelligence and passion by "the contemporary American master of the love story" (Publishers Weekly).
In his interview with Barnes & Noble.com, Spencer mentioned some of his all-time favorite books, including Nabokov's Lolita ("for its sleek, transgressive beauty, its ghoulish seductiveness") and Philip Roth's Operation Shylock ("for its mixture of the global and the minutely personal, all done with fury and hilarity"). Find out more about Spencer's favorite writers and reads, including:
|Photo by Liza Macrae||