Newton Thornburg (13 May 1929 – 9 May 2011) was an American novelist and screenwriter.
Born in Harvey, Illinois, Thornburg graduated from the University of Iowa with a Fine Arts degree. He worked in a variety of jobs before devoting himself to writing full-time (or at least in tandem with his cattle farm in the Ozarks) in 1973.
His 1976 novel Cutter and Bone was filmed in 1981 as Cutter's Way. The New York Times called Cutter and Bone "the best novel of its kind for ten years." Another novel-to film Beautiful Kate was filmed in Australia in 2009 and starred Bryan Brown and Ben Mendelsohn. It was directed by Rachel Ward, who is Bryan Brown's real-life wife.
Thornburg died on May 9, 2011, a few days shy of his 82nd birthday.
- Gentleman Born, Fawcett, 1967
- Knockover, 1968
- To Die in California, 1973; Consortium Book Sales & Dist, 2002, ISBN 9781852428068
- Cutter and Bone: a novel, Popular Library, 1976, ISBN 9780445040298; Serpent's Tail, 2001, ISBN 9781852426767
- Black Angus 1979; Fawcett Popular Library, 1980, ISBN 9780445045248
- Valhalla, Little, Brown, 1980, ISBN 9780316843935
- Dreamland, Arbor House, 1983, ISBN 9780877954446; Consortium Book Sales & Dist, 2004, ISBN 9781852428334
- Beautiful Kate, Berkley Publishing Group, 1984, ISBN 9780425064191
- The Lion at the Door, 1990; Piatkus Books, 1992, ISBN 9780749901004
- A Man's Game Forge/Tor, 1996, ISBN 9780312859237
- Eve's Men, 1998; Tor Books (Mm), 1999, ISBN 9780812584196
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