|Stephen 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
Date of Birth:
October 26, 1954
Place of Birth:
B.A. Stanford University, 1976; J.D., Yale Law School, 1979
Honorary doctorates from several universities
|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
|Carter's Reading List|
|Song of Solomon|
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!"
|Democracy in America|
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."
|Photo by Elena Seibert||