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Writer Evan Connell, who died Thursday, was KU grad


Obituary stories are popping up at several national publications following the death of KU graduate Evan Connell, an acclaimed and versatile author. He died Thursday at age 88, in Santa Fe, N.M.

Connell grew up in Kansas City, Mo., and he started out at Dartmouth College. But after serving in the Navy during World War II, he graduated from KU in 1947 with a degree in English.

Two companion novels about a well-to-do Kansas City family, "Mrs. Bridge" and "Mr. Bridge," drew him praise, and he also wrote a best-selling account of the Battle of Little Bighorn, "Son of the Morning Star," among many other varied works.

Have you read any of Connell's works? Did you know he was a KU grad?

Put your answers in the comments. But if you have a KU news tip, send it my way at merickson@ljworld.com.


jgunn 5 years, 5 months ago

Connell also was a graduate school classmate of mine in the English Department in 1949-50 before winning a scholarshop to the Stanford writing program. James Gunn

lucyjj 5 years, 5 months ago

I enjoyed reading Son of the Morning Star. I still need to get Deus Lo Volt! and see how he handled the Crusades. He had a good, long life it seems. Not too bad leaving some good books behind as your legacy... Er ruhe in Frieden.

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