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Yale University, Where Writers Become

Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, is an extremely selective Ivy League university with a proud tradition in the arts dating back to 1869. Its writing programs are prestigious and have been a catalyst to major professional success for numerous types of writers, including authors, journalists, poets, and critics.

Graduates include literary critic Harold Bloom, journalist Anderson Cooper, author James Fenimore Cooper, poet Hart Crane, actor/director/novelist David Duchovy, author John Knowles, author Sinclair Lewis, author/historian David McCullough, actor/presidential speech writer Ben Stein, author Rebecca Walker, lexicographer/editor/writer Noah Webster, playwright/novelist Thornton Wilder, actor/author Henry Winkler, and author Tom Wolfe.

To see a list of established writers who graduated from Yale, click here: http://archives.yalealumnimagazine.com/issues/01_03/books.html.

Author Adventures lists some of these writers in its self-guided tours. See the following pages for details.

James Fenimore Cooper in New Jersey

Sinclair Lewis in Minnesota

Noah Webster in Connecticut

Plus, three locations connected to the life and/or works of Thornton Wilder: New Mexico, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Yale’s library offers a notable historic collection of James Baldwin materials, including rare photos and manuscripts. Read about it here: https://beinecke.library.yale.edu. It has similar offerings for such authors as Langston Hughes and Thornton Wilder.

About New Haven

Founded by English Puritans in 1638, the population of New Haven in southern Connecticut grew to approximately 50,000 by 1869. Today it is closer to 130,000. A virtual tour can be found here: https://admissions.yale.edu/virtual-tour#virtualtour. To find out how to register for an on-campus tour, click here: https://admissions.yale.edu/tours.

Where to Start the Connecticut Coastline Trail

We list Yale as the first stop of the coastline part of our Connecticut Author Adventures Trail. That said, it is far enough away from the other literary sites in Connecticut that travelers without an interest in a university campus tour would be wise to move on toward the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Information is here: https://www.theoneill.org/about.

Patricia Smart