Ernie Hebert Papers

Ernie Hebert Papers


Ernest Hebert was born in Keene, New Hampshire, on May 4th, 1941. He graduated from Keene State College with a bachelor's degree in English in 1969. He attended Stanford in pursuit of a Master's Degree in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry but left before graduating. He then worked as both a gas station attendant and a newspaper reporter before beginning his writing career. Hebert is most famous for writing his Darby Series of novels, which are placed in the fictional town of Darby, New Hampshire. Although there are many recurring characters throughout the series, the main focus of the novels is the town of Darby and its inhabitants as a whole. A theme of the novels is socioeconomic status and the ways in which it affects everyday life. The series has spanned 7 novels so far, and Hebert has said that the series will never be complete in much the same way that towns are never complete. He has also written several stand-alone novels, the most recent of which is The Contrarian Voice: And Other Poems, which was published in 2017. Hebert worked as a professor of creative writing at Dartmouth for more than 25 years before retiring, and he is the first member of faculty at the college to be tenured as a fiction writer.

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  • This community collects the original galleys for Hebert's Darby Series of novels.
  • The purpose of this collection is to provide an introduction to Hebert's artistic works housed at the Keene State Archives.

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