Ridgefield Authors Past and Present


Ridgefield–dubbed "the Lenox of Connecticut" in the early 1900s--has a proud literary past, with some of the most prominent authors and publishing figures of their time, including: legendary publishers who had summer houses here, such as E.P. Dutton and Henry Holt; influential magazine editors such as Henry Luce; authors–many of whom wrote some of their most important work here–such as Nobel Prize-winner Eugene O’Neill, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Allan Nevins, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Robert Lewis Taylor, futurist Alvin Toffler, novelist Howard Fast, the notorious newspaper columnist Westbrook Pegler (himself a Pulitzer recipient), journalist/playwright Clare Booth Luce, popular history writer Cornelius Ryan, as well as Roz Chast and Maurice Sendak.

For information about these and other literary folk with a Ridgefield connection, follow the links below. This collaborative directory is a project of the Ridgefield Library, started in conjunction with the Town of Ridgefield’s 300th anniversary celebration in 2008, and updated in 2011. We invite you to add details you may have about these and other authors who have lived in Ridgefield, however briefly. We welcome reminiscences, links to authors’ websites, and other comments. To contribute to this project, please contact us at 203-438-2282 extension 12004, or via e-mail at camitchell@ridgefieldlibrary.org.

Special thanks to author Victoria Secunda for researching and updating this unique resource.


Auerbach, Jessica
Aurthers, Dona M.
Babbin, Jacqueline
Bacon, Peggy
Balmer, Randall
Barricelli, John
Bassett, Preston R.
Becker, Bruce
Bedini, Silvio
Belden, Chris
Benton, Suzanne
Bercovici, Konrad
Biagotti, Aldo
Blum, Howard
Boyd, Thomas Alexander
Bracken, Paul J
Brennan, George
Brewster, Gurdon
Brewster, Todd
Brickell, Henry Herschel
Briody, Dan
Briody, Michelle
Burns, Eric
Busino, Orlando
Carriere, Winifred
Carter, Samuel
Cary, Melbert B.
Chast, Roz
Chotzinoff, Samuel
Cohen, Rich
Collins, Judy
Daley, Robert
Dashefsky, H. Steven
Davidson, Sharon M.
Davis, John H.
Davis, Seth
Dean, Morton
De Giere, Carol
Detzer, David
Devine, Thea
DeYoung, Carmine Coco
Duff, Beth Longware
Eisenkramer, Eric
Ellis, Darwin
Eustace, Nicole
Farrar, Geraldine
Farrell, Anne
Fast, Howard
Fields, David A.
Fierstein, Harvey
Fisher, Ira Joe
Fornshell, Antoinette
Franzen, Bill
Fry, Varian
Gabrielson, Mark J.
Garcia, Claire Watson
Gilkes, Lillian Barnard
Gilroy, Tom
Goodrich, Charles Augustus
Goodrich, Samuel Griswold
Goulart, Frances Sheridan
Goulart, Ron
Grafton, Samuel
Gunther, Max
Hastings, Richard P.
Hazel, Paul
Heller, John H.
Hurley, Robert F.
Janick, Herbert
Jones III, Keith Marshall
Jones, Nalini
Kahn, Roger
Kampen, Irene
Kluger, Phyllis
Kluger, Richard
Kraus, Robert
Krebs, Laurie
Leir, Henry J.
Libby, Megan McNeill
Lombardo, Dean
Luce, Clare Booth
Luke, Mary
Maira, Thomas G.
Mathieson, Sherrie
McShea, Susanna Hofmann
Merlino, Linda
Mitchell, John Ames
Mohadjer, Nina
Morris, Geoffrey James
Mulligan, Hugh
Nebel, Frederick
Nelson, Suzanne Marie
Nelson, Tammy
Nevins, Allan
Norman, John
Odone, Jamison
O'Donoghue, Andrew
O'Neill, Eugene
Oskinson, Hildegard Hawthorne
Pankenier, Charles
Parks, Brad
Peck, Louise D.
Pegler, Westbrook
Pilbrow, Richard
Prino, Travis
Regnery, Katy
Riche, Robert
Roughan, Howard
Ryan, Cornelius
Ryan, Kathryn Morgan
Salkin, Lauren
Salzman, Mark
Sanden, John Howard
Sanders, Jack
Saroyan, Aram
Sayers, Ken W.
Scarry, Richard
Schwartz, Evan I.
Schwartz, Stephen
Scott, John
Scripps, Robert P.
Secunda, Shel
Secunda, Victoria
Sendak, Maurice
Shane, Margaret Smith
Shane, Ted
Sherman, Stratford
Smith, Mary-Ann Tirone
Sorenson, Theodore C.
Spielgeman, Peter
Stern, Jane and Michael
Stern, Martha Dodd
Stockli, Albert
Stroili, Paul
Taylor, Robert Lewis
Thomas, Roseanne Daryl
Toffler, Alvin
Trahey, Jane
Tuccio, Joseph
Tureaud, Alexander P. Jr.
Venus, Richard E.
Vaughn, Robert
Walsh, Thomas F.M.
Wardell, Steven
Weingast, David E.
Welsh, Glenna M.
Wheeler, John N.
Widden, Caron Kamps
Wilk, Max
Willis, Lillian
Wilson, Christine K.
Wise, James Waterman
Wohlforth, Mildred Gilman
Wohlforth, Robert
Wood, Bari
Wood, Lee B.
Woods, Alison
Wyden, Peter