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									Stephen L. CarterStephen L. Carter
Long before his spellbinding legal thriller The Emperor of Ocean Park, Stephen L. Carter's nonfiction titles helped shape the national debate on issues ranging from the role of religion in American political culture to the impact of integrity and civility on our daily lives.

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Stephen L. Carter
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Date of Birth:
October 26, 1954
Place of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
B.A. Stanford University, 1976; J.D., Yale Law School, 1979
Honorary doctorates from several universities

Carter's Latest

Quintessential Carter

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								New England White, Author: 
								Stephen L. Carter.

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New England White
by Stephen L. Carter
When The Emperor of Ocean Park was published, Time Out declared: “Carter does for members of the contemporary black upper class what Henry James did for Washington Square society, taking us into their drawing rooms and laying their motives bare.” Now, with the same powers of observation, and the same richness of plot and character, Stephen L. Carter returns to the New England university town of Elm Harbor, where a murder begins to crack the veneer that has hidden the racial complications of the town’s past, the secrets of a prominent family, and the most hidden bastions of African-American political influence.
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								Integrity, Author: 
								Stephen L. Carter.
*  Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby (1991)
*  The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion (1993)
*  Integrity (1996)
*  God's Name in Vain: The Wrongs and Rights of Religion in Politics (2000)
*  New England White (2007)

*  See the Stephen L. Carter chronology

On Creating Characters ...

"I have come to agree with the many writers who insist that once you get the characters right, the story writes itself," Carter says. "Even in this era when so much fiction tends to be plot-drive, I think believable characters must come first. But they tend to take on lives of their own. I was occasionally surprised by the messes my characters got themselves into, and the indignant, presumptuous way that they demanded that I write a way for them to escape."

Carter's Reading List

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								Song of Solomon, Author: 
								Toni Morrison.

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Song of Solomon
by Toni Morrison
Carter recommends Song of Solomon "for the sheer beauty of the prose and the seamless integration of metaphor into the story. Rarely have I encountered such remarkable characterizations and settings. And, oh, how deft her touch with dialogue!"

*The Great Gatsby  by F. Scott Fitzgerald
*Go Tell It on the Mountain  by James Baldwin
*Things Fall Apart  by Chinua Achebe
*Christine  by Stephen King
*See why he picks these in our interview
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								Democracy in America, Author: 
								Alexis de Tocqueville, J. P.  Mayer, George Lawrence (Translator).

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Democracy in America
by Alexis de Tocqueville, J. P. Mayer, George Lawrence (Translator)
Included in some of his favorite nonfiction titles, Carter says Democracy in America is "a book more quoted than read, and widely misunderstood even by those who extol its virtues, but still with much to teach us, as well as much to argue with."

*The Republic  by Plato, Benjamin Jowett (Translator)
*The Face of Battle  by John Keegan
*A Machine That Would Go of Itself: The Constitution in American Culture  by Michael G. Kammen
*The Souls of Black Folk  by W. E. B. Du Bois
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