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?
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