Book lists | American writers | American literatureby Melia Robinson
Not all the choices were cut and dry. To qualify for this list, the famed authors had to be born in their respective states, but not necessarily live out their years there.
We considered the authors' fame in terms of ubiquity, acclaim, and financial success — and awarded bonus points if the author showed state pride by setting their works there.
Melissa Stanger contributed reporting on a previous version of this post.