Walter Tevis

Novelist from United States of America

Walter Stone Tevis (February 28, 1928 - August 8, 1984) was an American novelist and short story writer. Three of his six novels were adapted into major films: The Hustler, The Color of Money and The Man Who Fell to Earth. His books have been translated into at least 18 languages. Tevis was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in the Sunset District, near the Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Park. When he was ten years old, his parents placed him in the Stanford Children's Convalescent home for a year while they returned to Kentucky, where the family had been given a grant of land in Madison County. At the age of 11, Tevis traveled across country alone on a train to rejoin his family. Near the end of World War II, the 17-year-old Tevis served in the Pacific Theater as a Navy carpenter's mate on board the USS Hamilton. After his discharge, he graduated from Model High School in 1945 and entered the University of Kentucky, where he received B.A. and M.A. degrees in English literature and studied with A.B. Guthrie, Jr., the author of The Big Sky. While a student there, Tevis worked in a pool hall and published a story about pool written for Guthrie's class. After graduation,  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Walter S. Tevis,Walter Stone Tevis,Walter S. Tevis, Jr.
Date of birth
Place of birth
San Francisco
United States of America
Writer, Novelist


Institution From To
Ohio University
University of Kentucky


Date of death
Place of death
New York

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