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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Stewart Carter  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: March 26, 1912 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: October 1965

-- John Stewart Carter on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Carter was born in Chicago and lived most of his life in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Stewart Carter was an author who published two short stories, several poems and a successful novel titled ''Full Fathom Five''. When Carter was a boy the Hemingway family were neighbors and his father was a colleague of Dr. Hemingway. Influenced by the life of Ernest Hemingway, both John Stewart Carter and his brother Albert Howard Carter aspired to become authors. John Stewart Carter was a poet, author and a professor of English at Chicago Teachers College.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

James Shirley's The traitor

. 1945

Full Fathom Five

Houghton Mifflin. 1965

Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, the narrator in this distinguished novel perceives early that the course lies behind him with the first landmarks in the identity of his dead and beloved physician father. - Thus he approaches obliquely the many-peopled past: his glittering grandmother and her opera star lover his robber baron grandfather who bejeweled her his father's brothers as children and then as men with wives and children of their own his own cousin Corinne who pales the Scott Fitzgerald girls most of all, his father as father and as husband and as man, a figure of splended reassurance and tender presence. This is a novel so original as to tempt the forbidden adjective "unique." In its cunningly concieved design, symbolized by the magic boxes of the jacket drawing, there is return upon return, no detail too small to be seen again from another stance of person, place or time. It has, however, that quality common to all great fiction, the creation of time as a physical reality into which the reader enters. Through the narrator's remembrance of things past, his reader comes to know the "continuing present." In this book, as "rich and strange" as any jewel on the ocean floor, John Stewart Carter has produced "the shimmer of continuing life" his readers will indeed "breathe his words" for him and remember his heart's blood.

Poems: an handful with quietness.

Houghton Mifflin. 1966