Jennifer Lee Carrell

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Jennifer Lee Carrell (born in 1962) is an American author of three novels and numerous articles for Smithsonian Magazine and Arizona Daily Star.


Born in Washington, D.C., Jennifer Lee Carrell spent a brief stint of her childhood in Long Beach, CA before moving with her family to her father's hometown, Tucson, Arizona, where she currently resides with her husband and son. Jennifer graduated with undergraduate degrees from Stanford (1984) and Oxford (1988), rounding off her schooling with a PhD in English Literature from Harvard (1994).


Beginning her career in academia, Jennifer served as a Lecturer in the "Hist & lit" (History and Literature) Departments at Harvard from 1994–97 and taught Expository Writing from 1997-98. After getting her first freelance assignment from Smithsonian Magazine -- "How the Bard Won the West" — which explored Shakespeare's surprising popularity among cowboys, miners, and mountain men of the Old West, Jennifer left university life in order to further pursue her writing.

A passionate believer in the arts, Jennifer worked as the classical music, opera and dance critic for the Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) from 1999-2001. She has directed Shakespeare plays for Harvard's Hyperion Theatre Company and served as a dramaturg for the Arizona Theatre Company.


  • The Speckled Monster (2003, 978-0452285071 ) Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" book
  • Interred with their Bones (2007, 978-0525949701), later published under the title The Shakespeare Secret. Sunday Times (London) Top Ten; New York Times Bestseller List; Finalist, Best First Novel, International Thriller Writers (2008)
  • Haunt Me Still (2010, 978/0525950776), published in the UK under the title The Shakespeare Curse. Sunday Times (London) Top Ten; Indie notables, IndieBound (May 2010)


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