Scott Spencer (writer)

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Scott Spencer (born September 1, 1945 in Washington, D.C.) is an American author who has written eleven novels. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1993 movie Father Hood. Two of Spencer's novels, Endless Love and Waking the Dead, have been adapted into films. Endless Love was directed by Franco Zeffirelli in 1981, with a much less successful remake being done in 2014. Waking the Dead was produced by Jodie Foster and directed by Keith Gordon in 2000. The novels Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper have both been nominated for the National Book Award, with Endless Love selling over 2 million copies. Spenser has heavily panned both film adaptations of Endless Love.[1][2]

Interviewed in The New York Times, Spencer once said: "It may be time for serious, literary novelists to take back some of the subject matter we abandoned to hack novelists and the movies." Joyce Carol Oates, writing about A Ship Made of Paper in The New Yorker, said: "Like Cheever, Spencer has imagined for his... infatuated lover melodramatic crises that verge on the surreal; like John Updike, Spencer is a poet-celebrant of Eros, lyrically precise in his descriptions of lovers' fantasies, lovers' lovemaking, lovers' bodies..." The Wall Street Journal has said: "There are few novelists alive who use the English language as Scott Spencer does... Every ache of feeling, every failed effort at restraint, every attempt at self-deception is captured in precise, beautifully cadenced prose."

Spencer has also worked as a journalist. He has published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harpers Magazine, GQ, O, The Oprah Magazine, and he is a regular contributor to Rolling Stone.

He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, Williams College, Bard College's Bard Prison Initiative, and the University of Virginia. Spencer attended the University of Illinois, Roosevelt University, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. In 2004, he was the recipient of a John S. Guggenheim Fellowship. For the past twenty years, he has lived in a small town in upstate New York.

The Men in Black movies are not based upon Spencer's novel Men in Black.

For his latest works, two sequenced horror novels, Spencer has chosen the pseudonym ″Chase Novak″.[3]

List of novels[edit]

  • Last Night at the Brain Thieves Ball (1975)
  • Preservation Hall (1976)
  • Endless Love (1979)
  • Waking the Dead (1986)
  • Secret Anniversaries (1990)
  • Men In Black (1995)
  • Rich Man's Table (1998)
  • A Ship Made of Paper (2003)
  • Willing (2008)
  • Man in the Woods (2010)
  • Breed (as ″Chase Novak″) (2012)
  • Brood (as ″Chase Novak″) (2014)


  1. ^ Spencer, Scott (September 10, 2013). "Spoiler Alert". The Paris Review (Paris). Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ Appelo, Tim (February 14, 2014). "'Endless Love' Author Trashes Remake: 'Stick With the Paperback'". The Hollywood Reporter (Hollywood). Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ Hill, Cole Garner. "Chase Novak Lampoons Manhattan Parenting in First Horror Novel, "Breed"". Books & Review. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 

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