Discipline: Literature

Mary Higgins Clark

Discipline: Literature
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1977, 1979, 1983

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark (1927-2020) wrote 38 suspense novels, four collections of short stories, a his­torical novel, a memoir, and two children’s books. She enjoyed a writing career that spanned decades, and included bestselling suspense titles such as Loves Music, Loves to Dance and A Stranger Is Watching. Two of her novels were made into feature films, including A Stranger Is Watching while others were turned into television movies. She started by writing short stories. Clark published her first suspense novel, Where Are the Children, in 1975. With bestselling author Alafair Burke she wrote the Under Suspicion series including The Cinderella Murder, All Dressed in White, The Sleeping Beauty Killer, Every Breath You Take, and You Don’t Own Me. With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she coauthored five more suspense novels. More than one hundred million copies of her books are in print in the United States alone.



Mary Higgins Clark worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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