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									Jennifer Lee CarrellJennifer Lee Carrell
Upon the release of her first book, The Speckled Monster -- a fascinating historical examination of the smallpox epidemic -- Jennifer Lee Carrell was named a writer to watch by our Discover Great New Writers program in the summer of 2003.

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Jennifer Lee Carrell
Current Home:
Tucson, Arizona
Date of Birth:
March 25, 1962
Place of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
B.A., Stanford University, 1984; B.A., Oxford,1988; M.A., Harvard, 1990; M.A., Oxford, 1992; Ph.D., Harvard, 1994

Discovering Great New Writers

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								The Speckled Monster: Historic Tale of Battling Smallpox, Author: 
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The Speckled Monster: Historic Tale of Battling Smallpox
by Jennifer Lee Lee Carrell
Carrell sweeps readers back to the early 18th century in this fascinating tale of an epidemic illness -- smallpox -- that changed the way in which doctors would battle disease for all time. Selected as a summer 2003 pick in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program.

Advice for the Aspiring

In our exclusive interview, Carrell had this advice for aspiring writers: "Keep writing. Try all different kinds of writing: if you are driven to write the next Great American Novel, don’t limit yourself to novels, or even to fiction. Storytelling has many different branches, all of which teach you different aspects of the art. Try drama, screenwriting, article writing, review writing, poetry, epigrams, songs -- anything and everything."

Early Influence

Carrell's Reading Recommendations

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								The Lord of the Rings, Author: 
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The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien
"The greatest lesson The Lord of the Rings taught me is the paradoxic necessity of frayed threads, mysterious gaps, and unfinished edges. Like the real world, Middle-earth is deliberately, teasingly, seductively incomplete -- unknowable," said Carrell in our interview, reflecting upon a book that had a great influence on her career.

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								To Kill a Mockingbird, Author: 
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To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
We asked Carrell to tell us about some of her all-time favorite reads. Harper Lee's classic made Carrell's list; Read on to learn more about her reading recommendations, including:

*The Piano Tuner  by Daniel Mason
*Lonesome Dove  by Larry McMurtry
*Shogun  by James Clavell
*Master and Commander  by Patrick O'Brian
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