Illinois Authors names on the State Library frieze

  • Jane Addams (1860-1935): Twenty Years at Hull House; Democracy and Social Ethics
  • George Ade (1866-1944): Fables in Slang; Artie; Pinkarsh
  • Nelson Algren (1909-1981): The Man with the Golden Arm; A Walk on the Wild Side
  • Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941): Winesburg, Ohio; The Triumph of the Egg; Horses and Men
  • Paul Angle (1900-1975): Bloody Williamson; Here I Have Lived – A History of Lincoln’s Springfield
  • L. Frank Baum (1856-1919): The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Saul Bellow (1915-2005): Humboldt’s Gift; The Adventure of Augie March; Herzog
  • Black Hawk (1767-1838): Life of Ma-ka-tai-me-shekia-kiak
  • Ray Bradbury (1920-2012): The Martian Chronicles; Farenheit 451; Dandelion Wine
  • Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), Illinois Poet Laureate: Maud Martha; Annie Allen; A Street in Bronzeville
  • Cyrus Colter (1910-2002): The Rivers of Eros; The Hippodrome; Night Studies
  • Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945): Sister Carrie; A Book About Myself; The Financier
  • Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936): Mr. Dooley in Peace and War; Mr. Dooley on Making a Will
  • Eliza Farnham (1815-1864): Life in Prairie Land
  • James T. Farrell (1904-1979): Studs Lonigan
  • Edna Ferber (1887-1968): So Big; Show Boat
  • Henry Blake Fuller (1857-1929): The Cliff-Dwellers; Under the Skylights; With the Procession
  • Hamlin Garland (1860-1940): Rose of Dutcher’s Coolly
  • Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965): A Raisin in the Sun; The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window
  • Ben Hecht (1894-1964): The Front Page (co-author); Nothing Sacred; Gunga Din
  • Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961): A Farewell to Arms; For Whom the Bell Tolls; The Old Man and the Sea
  • Robert Herrick (1868-1938): The Gospel of Freedom; Memoirs of an American Citizen; The Common Lot
  • James Jones (1921-1977): From Here to Eternity; Some Came Running; The Thin Red Line
  • Ring Lardner (1885-1933): You Know Me, Al; The Love Nest and Other Stories; Elmer the Great (coauthor)
  • Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865): Gettysburg Address
  • Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931): Rhymes to be Traded for Bread
  • Edgar Lee Masters (1869-1950): Spoon River Anthology
  • William Maxwell (1908-2000): So Long, See You Tomorrow; The Folded Leaf; They Came Like Swallows
  • Frank Norris (1870-1902): The Pit; McTeague
  • Donald Culross Peattie (1898-1964): A Prairie Grove; An Almanac for Moderns
  • Elia Peattie (1862-1935): The Precipice; Lotta Embury’s Career; Sarah Brewster’s Relatives
  • Carl Sandburg (1878-1967): Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years
  • Upton Sinclair (1878-1968): The Jungle; Oil!; Boston
  • Studs Terkel (1912-2008): Working; The Good War; Division Street: America
  • Richard Wright (1908-1960): Native Son; Uncle Tom’s Children; The Man Who Lived Underground

Names considered that did not make the cut as listed in the Oct. 5, 1990, edition of the Chicago Tribune: John Dos Passos, Thornton Wilder, Stanley Elkin, John Gardner, Ulysses S. Grant, Fanny Butcher, Meyer Levin, David Mamet, Harry Mark Petrakis, Robert Coover, Peter Cartwright, Mary Catherwood, Archibald MacLeish, Allan Nevins, Rebecca Caudill, Joan Walsh Anglund, William Moody, Thorstein Veblen, Floyd Dell, MacKinlay Kantor, Harriet Monroe, Morris Birkbeck, Larry Heinemann, William Jennings Bryan, Phillip Jose Farmer, Mike Royko, William Goldman, and George Will.