Scott Spencer





Scott Spencer

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in Washington, DC, The United States
September 01, 1945

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Scott Spencer (b. 1945) is the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of ten novels, including Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper, both of which have been nominated for the National Book Award. Two of his books, Endless Love and Waking the Dead, have been adapted into films.

He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, and Williams College, and Bard College's Bard Prison Initiative. Spencer is an alumnus of Roosevelt University. In 2004, he was the recipient of a John S. Guggenheim Fellowship. For the past twenty years, he has lived in a small town in upstate New York.

Spencer has also worked as a journalist. He has published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harpers Magazine, GQ, O, The Oprah Magazine, and he is a...more


Average rating: 3.30 · 7,485 ratings · 1,385 reviews · 18 distinct works · Similar authors
Endless Love
3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 2,078 ratings — published 1979 — 26 editions
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Man in the Woods
3.22 of 5 stars 3.22 avg rating — 1,192 ratings — published 2010 — 9 editions
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A Ship Made Of Paper
3.21 of 5 stars 3.21 avg rating — 1,154 ratings — published 2003 — 21 editions
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Waking the Dead
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 289 ratings — published 2010 — 13 editions
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Willing
2.79 of 5 stars 2.79 avg rating — 252 ratings — published 2008 — 9 editions
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Men in Black
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 119 ratings — published 1995 — 10 editions
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The Rich Man's Table
3.31 of 5 stars 3.31 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 1998 — 7 editions
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Preservation Hall
3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 1976 — 8 editions
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Last Night at the Brain Thi...
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 1973 — 8 editions
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Secret Anniversaries
3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 1990 — 6 editions
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“The only things I regret, and the only things I'll ever regret are things I didn't do. In the end, that's what we mourn. The paths we didn't take. The people we didn't touch.”
Scott Spencer, Endless Love

“It was a once in a lifetime thing. I hate to think it but I bet it's true. It's too bad for us that our once in a lifetime happened when were too young to handle it.”
Scott Spencer, Endless Love

“All of us have two minds, a private one, which is usually strange, I guess, and symbolic, and a public one, a social one. Most of us stream back and forth between those two minds, drifting around in our private self and then coming forward into the public self whenever we need to. But sometimes you get a little slow making the transition, you drag out the private part of your life and people know you’re doing it. They almost always catch on, knowing that someone is standing before them thinking about things that can’t be shared, like the one monkey that knows where a freshwater pond is. And sometimes the public mind is such a total bummer and the private self is alive with beauty and danger and secrets and things that don’t make any sense but that repeat and repeat and demand to be listened to, and you find it harder and harder to come forward. The pathway between those two states of mind suddenly seems very steep, a hell of a lot of work and not really worth it. Then I think it becomes a matter of what side of the great divide you get caught on. Some people get stuck on the public, approved side and they’re all right, for what it’s worth. And some people get stuck on the completely strange and private side of the divide, and that’s what we call crazy and its not really completely wrong to call it that but it doesn’t say it as it truly is. It’s more like a lack of mobility, a transportation problem, getting stuck, being the us we are in private but not stopping…”
Scott Spencer

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