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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ward Swift Just  

Pen Name: Ward S. Just, Ward Just

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1935 in Michigan City, Indiana


Illinois Connection

Just was raised in Waukegan, In 1946, the family moved to Lake Forest.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ward Swift Just is a writer. He is the son and grandson of newspaper publishers, and the great grandson of Chicago mayor George B. Swift. From the time he was 14 years old, he worked summers at the family newspaper, ''The Waukegan News-Sun''. After attending Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, he returned to the family newspaper as a reporter. In 1959, he joined the Chicago bureau of Newsweek, and went on the bureaus in Washington and London. In 1965, he joined ''The Washington Post'' and became its Saigon correspondent later that year. He returned to Washington as a political reporter for the newspaper in 1967 and, in 1968, he became an editorial writer. The following year, he left the newspaper business with the intention of writing fiction. Since then, he has written many novels, collections of short stories, a play, a memoir, and a study of the United States Army. His work is also widely anthologized and has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Russian. He currently resides in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''An Unfinished Season''''' *Finalist, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2005 *American Heartland Prize for fiction, Chicago Tribune '''''Echo House''''' *Finalist, National Book Award, 1997 ''' ''A Dangerous Friend''''' *Finalist, PEN/Hemingway Award, 1999 '''''Jack Gance''''' *Heartland Award for Fiction, Chicago Tribune '''Short Stories