John Ehle

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John Ehle Biography

John Marsden Ehle, Jr. (born December 13, 1925) is an American writer known best for his fiction set in the Appalachian Mountains of the American South.

The oldest of five children, John Ehle was born in Asheville, North Carolina to Gladys Starnes and John Marsden Ehle, Sr. His father was an insurance company executive. Both of Ehle's parents came from families with deep roots in the Appalachian Mountains.

Ehle enlisted in the United States Army during World War II, serving as a rifleman. Following his military service, Ehle went on to study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures in 1949 and later a Master of Arts degree in Dramatic Arts (1953). Ehle also served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1951 to 1963. During his tenure at UNC-Chapel Hill, Ehle wrote plays for the American Adventure series that played on NBC Radio and began writing his first novel. Read Full Bio >>