Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist (December 6,1949 - July 10, 2007). He wrote and drew the nationally syndicated comic strip, Kudzu as well as two published novels, The Bridge, and Magic Time.
Doug Marlette, Engaging Novelist, Award Winning Cartoonist
May 29, 2009
I became aware of Doug Marlette when he was a graduation speaker at my son's high school, Durham Academy, in Durham, North Carolina in 2005. He was a pleasure to listen to, witty, philosophical, serious, relatable. I next heard of him in 2007 at the time of his tragic death in a car accident, on a rain slicked road, on his way to help high school students prepare to present his play in an international competition to take place in Scotland.
I recently attended another graduation and while the speaker was good, she didn't measure up to the speech by Doug Marlette. However I couldn't remember his name. Thanks to the internet I was able to find him and read more about him. I went to the library and borrowed his two novels, The Bridge, and Magic Time. I read right through them and loved both of them. Each is the kind of read that you don't want to put down, but you need to take a break as the story is so full that you need time to process. They are exactly what I love in a good read, a good story line, a main character whom I become, solid history, realistic conflict on many levels, wise observations about life and human character, some mystery and a satisfying resolution. If these are the components you look for in a good novel, I highly recommend this author. Now I am on to his books of cartoons.