Carl Carmer

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Carl Lamson Carmer (October 16, 1893 - September 11, 1976) was an author of nonfiction books, memoirs, and novels, many of which focused on Americana such as myths, folklore, and tales. His most famous book, Stars Fell on Alabama, was an autobiographical story of the time he spent living in Alabama. He was considered one of America's most popular writers during the 1940s and 1950s.

Carmer's life

Carmer was born in Cortland, New York. His father, Willis Griswold Carmer, was the principal of Dansville High School. His mother, Mary Lamson Carmer, grew up on a farm in Dryden, New York. by David Minor, Odds & Ends: A Newsletter of Eagles Byte Historical Research, February 1997, No. 17. Accessed May 10, 2006.

When he was five his father became principal of Albion High School in Albion, New York, which is in the western part of the state. He graduated from Albion High School in 1910 and entered his father's alma mater, Hamilton College, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He subsequently received a Masters degree from Harvard.

He taught briefly at Syracuse University before accepting a position at the University of Alabama in 1927. After six years in Alabama, he returned to New York and married artist Elizabeth Black. He also became an assistant editor at Vanity Fair. In his later years, Carmer would work as a folklore consultant for Walt Disney Productions and produce a folklore radio series called "Your Neck o' the...
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