Christopher Collier (historian)

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Christopher Collier (born 29 January 1930 in New York City)[1] is an American historian and author.

Christopher Collier, known as Kit, is the son of Edmund Collier, a writer, and Katherine Brown. He comes from a family of writers and teachers. He attended Clark University and Columbia University, (PhD 1964). He was the official Connecticut State Historian (1984–2004) and is now professor of history emeritus at the University of Connecticut.[2] He is the brother of the author James Lincoln Collier, with whom he has written a number of novels, most of which are based on historic events.

His works include books for children such as My Brother Sam Is Dead (1974), which deals with the American Revolution, and was awarded a Newbery Honor, Jump Ship to Freedom (1981) and six other historical novels written with his brother James and books for adults: Roger Sherman's Connecticut: Yankee Politics and the American Revolution, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; Decision in Philadelphia (with James Lincoln Collier); and "All Politics is Local" about Connecticut's role in the Constitutional Convention of 1787.[3]


  1. ^ "Christopher Collier". Contemporary Authors Online. Literature Resource Center. 2001. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Emeritus Faculty". University of Connecticut. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Best, Kenneth (2004). "Recent works by alumni and faculty". University of Connecticut. Retrieved 23 January 2011.