Ernest Hebert

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Ernest Hebert (born May 4, 1941) is an American author. He is best known for the Darby series, seven novels written between 1979 and 2014, about modern life in a fictional New Hampshire town as it transitions from relative rural poverty to being more upscale, almost suburban.

Hebert was born in Keene, New Hampshire, and educated at Keene State College. He is a professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College.[1]


  • Never Back Down (David Godine, Inc.) 2012
  • I Love U (Recycling Reality, ebook) 2011
  • New Hampshire Patterns, with Jon Gilbert Fox, photographer (University Press of New England) 2007
  • The Old American (UPNE) 2000 (Outstanding Fiction award, New Hampshire Writers Project)
  • Mad Boys (UPNE) 1993 (Outstanding Fiction award, New Hampshire Writers Project)
  • The Kinship (UPNE) 1993 (reprint of two novels from Darby series plus an essay)
  • The Darby series:
    • Howard Elman's Farewell (UPNE 2014)
    • Spoonwood (UPNE) 2005 (Won an IPPY, best regional novel in the Northeast for 2005)
    • Live Free or Die (Viking Press 1990) (reprinted by UPNE 1993)
    • The Passion of Estelle Jordan (Viking 1987)
    • Whisper My Name (Viking 1984)
    • A Little More Than Kin (Viking 1982)
    • The Dogs of March (Viking 1979) (Citation for excellence in a first novel, by Hemingway Foundation)


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