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Maryland Authors

A guide to Special Collection resources focusing on authors associated with the state of Maryland.


Welcome to the Maryland Room Resource Guide to Maryland Authors!

This guide provides an overview of resources related to notable Maryland authors that can be found using the University of Maryland libraries.  The emphasis is on materials located in the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library.  Maryland authors are loosely defined as authors that were born in Maryland, lived a significant portion of their lives in Maryland, or those whose work is closely tied to the state of Maryland.

Although most Maryland writers have never limited themselves solely to Maryland themes or settings, many of the titles by lesser known authors in the collection have a more local flavor. Maryland authors who have achieved a more national reputation are also well-represented in the collection, including Francis Scott Key, Edgar Allan Poe, H.L. Mencken, Stanley Plumly, James M. Cain, John Barth, Anne Tyler, Roland Flint, and Tom Clancy.

This guide provides basic bibliographical information on some of Maryland's most well known authors, as well as resources for additional research.  We have compiled an extensive list of Maryland authors, sorted by genre and time period, that provides a glimpse into Maryland's literay legacy.

Getting Started

To use this guide, follow the tabs located at the top to navigate to your desired location.   Information is available on the following subjects: