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.
In commemoration of the town’s tricentennial in 2008, the Ridgefield Library created an online directory of these and other Ridgefield authors, past and present. We are now pleased to announce that our directory has been completely revised and updated, thanks to research and writing by author Victoria Secunda and technical assistance from recent RHS graduate Jenna Dubin. The directory may be viewed at ridgefieldauthors.wikispaces.com/.
Inquiries about being added to our list should be directed to Reference Librarian Christie Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-438-2282 x1016.