Jennifer Lee Carrell

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

Jennifer Lee Carrell
Alma materHarvard
GenreSuspense, mystery, thriller


Born in Washington, D.C., Carrell spent a brief stint of her childhood in Long Beach, CA before moving with her family to her father's hometown, Tucson, Arizona.[1] She graduated with undergraduate degrees from Stanford (1984) and Oxford (1988),[2] and earned a PhD in English Literature from Harvard in 1994.[3]


Beginning her career in academia, Carrell 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"[4] — which explored Shakespeare's surprising popularity among cowboys, miners, and mountain men of the Old West, Carrell left university life in order to further pursue her writing.

A passionate believer in the arts, she 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.


  • Carrell, Jennifer (2003). The Speckled Monster. ISBN 978-0452285071. Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" book
  • Carrell, Jennifer (2007). Interred with their Bones. ISBN 978-0525949701.
    • Republished as Carrell, Jennifer. The Shakespeare Secret. Sunday Times of London Top Ten; New York Times Bestseller List; Finalist, Best First Novel, International Thriller Writers (2008)
  • Carrell, Jennifer (2010). Haunt Me Still. ISBN 9780525950776. Published in the UK as The Shakespeare Curse. Sunday Times (London) Top Ten; Indie notables, IndieBound (May 2010)

Personal life[edit]

Carrell resides in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and daughter.[5][6]


  1. ^ Star, Sarah Mauet Arizona Daily. "Her writing journey". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Jennifer Lee Carrell". Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Jennifer Lee Carrell |". Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  4. ^ "How the Bard Won the West". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  5. ^ Steller, Tim. "Steller: Spanish or English — language debate is passionate". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Jennifer Lee Carrell |". Retrieved 2 August 2017.

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