All In The Family: Parent-Child Novelists

Scions of wealth end up in the family business.  There may be something genetic about writing talent but it’s surprising how few pairs of parent-child novelists have been successful.

  1. Alexandre Dumas, pere and Alexandre Dumas, fils.  Dad created The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo.  Fils wrote Camille, about the self-sacrificing prostitute whom Verdi later installed in La Traviata.
  2.  Kingsley Amis and Martin Amis.  Kingsley wrote the well-known novels Lucky Jim, The Green Man, and The Old Devils.  Martin crafted Money and London Fields.
  3. H.G. Wells and Anthony West.  Wells frightened us with The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, and The Island Of Doctor Moreau.  West was the illegitimate offspring of Wells and novelist Rebecca West.  Tony published many novels, starting with Heritage about his unconventional childhood.  While his parents’ works are still in print, Tony’s have not stood the test of time.
  4. Elmore Leonard and Peter Leonard.  Elmore’s works include Get Shorty and Rum Punch. Peter recently published Quiver and has written bestselling suspense novels Voices of the Dead and Back from The Dead.
  5. Stephen King and Joe Hill–Horror runs in the family.  Stephen has written The Shining, Carrie, It, to The Stand. Son Joe is the author of Nos4A2 and The Fireman.
  6. Peter Straub and Emma Straub.  Peter is the author of Ghost Story and other horror fare. Emma’s written Modern Lovers and The Vacationers.
  7. James Lee Burke and Alafair Burke.  The Burke family has fastened on crime.  James created detective Dave Robicheaux.  Daughter Alafair’s works feature detective Ellie Hatcher.



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