Celebrate Indiana Literary History

Celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial year by reading and rereading some outstanding Hoosier author’s works. Between 1900 – 1941, Indiana authors were second only to New York for being on the New York Times Best Seller List. The following list will take you from the early 20th century to our current year, 2016.

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Alice of Old Vincennes

Maurice Thompson
Fiction - Tho

Based on the daughter of an early mayor of Vincennes, this book is why the Lincoln High School sports teams are called the Alices.

Fault in Our Stars

John Green
Y Green

Indianapolis native, Green has become a very important voice in the young adult market. His books have been turned into very successful, thoughtful movies.

Friendly Persuasion

Jessamyn West
Fiction - West

This story is of an Indiana Quaker family struggling to deal with the Civil War. Made into a successful movie starring Gary Cooper as the father.

From Sea to Shining Sea

James Alexander Thom
Fiction - Thom

The very large family from which came Indiana hero of the American Revolution, George Rogers Clark and his famous younger brother William Clark of the team Lewis and Clark, is fully portrayed in this compelling work of historical fiction.

Last Words

Michael Koryta
MYS - Koryta

Bloomington’s own Michael Koryta has set his latest book in and around the caves that Monroe Countians have been crawling around in for years.

Princess Diaries

Meg Cabot
Y Cabot

Bloomington’s own Meg Cabot spent many happy hours at the Monroe County Public Library growing up. Her young adult books have sold in the millions and been made into charming, funny movies by Disney.

Sister Carrie

Theodore Dreiser
Fiction - Dreiser

An unhappy, dissatisfied young woman, temptation and tragedy for some.

Slaughterhouse 5

Kurt Vonnegut
Fiction - Vonnegu

Gripping story based on Vonnegut’s experience as a POW during World War II.

The Girl of the Limberlost

Gene Stratton Porter
Fiction - Stratto

The setting and description of Porter’s beloved limberlost swamps are as much the story as the heroine.

The Magnificent Ambersons

Booth Tarkington
Fiction - Tarking

Set in up and coming Indianapolis, this story of a family’s rise to power is classic.