Thad Stem, Jr. Writer

Thaddeus Stem, Jr. (1916–1980) of Oxford, North Carolina was a poet, author and newspaper columnist. His work frequently appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer and The Pilot (Southern Pines, N.C.). He also wrote or co-wrote 16 books. The major works including: The Animal Fair (1960), Entries from Oxford (1971), Senator Sam Ervin's Best Stories (1973), and Thad Stem's Ark (1979). He was honored with the North Carolina Award for Literature in 1974. for Literature in 1974. Many contemporary audiences know Stem as a character featured in Timothy B. Tyson's memoir Blood Done Sign My Name. Stem lived all of his life in the house where he was born in Oxford, North Carolina. He went to school at Duke University, but left during his fourth year several credits away from earning his degree. Stem spent his early years working a variety of jobs until he served in the Army during World War II. He began writing poetry in about 1944, and in 1945, nine of his poems were published in Lyric, a literary magazine in Roanoke, Virginia. He continued to write sporadically for the next few years until his marriage in 1947.

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Date of birth
January 24th, 1916
United States of America
Date of death
1980 at age of 63
Place of death
Places lived
North Carolina , United States of America
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1. Duke University Colleges/University

Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James B. Duke established The Duke Endowment, at which time the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Duke.

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Type Private university
2012. 6 bil. $
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2138 Campus Drive, 27708 - Durham, North Carolina
2013. 6,495
2010. 6,697
2009. 6,578
2013. 8,105
2010. 8,319
Acceptance rate
2014. 10.8 %
2013. 12.0 %
2012. 11.0 %
2011. 13.0 %
2010. 16.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 45.6 K $
2010. 39 K $
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