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First we scoured coast to coast to find the most famous book set in every state. Now we’re hitting the books to discover the most famous author from every state.

Not all the choices were cut and dry. To qualify for this list, the esteemed wordsmiths had to be born in their respective states, but not necessarily live out their years there.

We considered the authors’ fame in terms of ubiquity, literal acclaim, and financial success — and awarded bonus points if the author showed state pride by setting their works there.

Did we get your state right? Let us know in the comments if you have another pick.

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ALABAMA: Harper Lee

Known for: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Harper Lee was born and raised in Monroeville, the inspiration for her classic novel’s fictional town of Maycomb. The Monroe County Courthouse, where Lee watched her father practice law as a child, currently operates as a museum.

The University of Alabama alumna continues to live there, just a short drive from the Mockingbird Grill and Radley’s Fountain Grille.

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ALASKA: Marty Beckerman

Known for: “The Heming Way”

Marty Beckerman got his start in humor writing as a freshman at the Anchorage Daily News, which published his weekly column about trying to pick up girls.

In his twenties, he self-published “The Heming Way,” a cheeky guide to masculinity based on the life and works of Ernest Hemingway, and it hit No. 1 on Amazon.com for parody.

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ARIZONA: Jeannette Walls

Known for: “The Glass Castle”

Jeannette Walls’ memoir examines her struggle as a child and young adult to overcome poverty and become self-sufficient. Her dysfunctional family were …read more

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