Walter Stone Tevis (1928-1984) received popularity as an American book and short story writer. Three works turned into film productions including The Color of Money, The Man Who Fell to Earth and The Hustler. Tevis completed his studies at the Model Laboratory School in 1945 and joined the University of Kentucky. Tevis completed his Bachelors and Master’s degrees in English literature between 1949 to 1954. He qualified in creative writing at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Tevis contributed towards the Kentucky Highway Department and started teaching at high schools.
He lectured at the University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University and Southern Connecticut State University. Tevis taught creative writing and English literature at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio between 1965-1978. He became a member of the Authors Guild and allocated his life to full-time writing. Tevis published a range of short stories in different magazines including Bluebook, Esquire, Galaxy Science Fiction, The Saturday Evening Post and others. Some of his novels include Mockingbird (1980), The Queens Gambit (1983) and The Color of Money (1984).
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