Many prominent, successful and award-winning authors were born and raised in Arkansas. The writers who hail from the natural state are a diverse group: from phenomenally popular suspense author John Grisham, to avant-garde poet and author Maya Angelou, to groundbreaking Sex and the Single Girl author Helen Gurley Brown.
Some of Arkansas’ authors have embraced their heritage to the extent that they have incorporated their roots into books or poetry. John Grisham wrote an autobiographical book about his childhood in rural Arkansas titled A Painted House, which went on to be adapted for the small screen as a TV movie. The critically acclaimed Donald Harington is best remembered for writing fiction set in the Ozark Mountains. where he spent his childhood summers. The career of Mary Myrtle Medearis was largely based on her experience growing up in North Little Rock, most notably with the publication of the autobiographical Big Doc’s Girl.