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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dan Simmons  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fantasy Fiction Mystery

Born: 1948 in Peoria, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Dan Simmons was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1948, and grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest, including Brimfield, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dan Simmons received a B.A. in English from Wabash College in 1970, winning a national Phi Beta Kappa Award during his senior year for excellence in fiction, journalism and art. He then received his Masters in Education from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971. He then worked in elementary education for 18 years becoming a full time writer - 2 years in Missouri, 2 years in New York and 14 years in Colorado. He now lives in Colorado.

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Titles At Your Library


-- World Fantasy Award for Best First Novel.