Photograph of Robert Ruark sitting with his typewriter.
Robert Chester Ruark Jr. was born in 1915 in Wilmington. His grandparents owned a home on the corner of Lord and Nash Streets in Southport and it is at this home that Robert spent his childhood. In later years, Ruark purchased the home from his grandfather's estate.
Ruark was accepted to the University of North Carolina at the age of 15 and graduated in 1935 with a degree in journalism. During the early stages of his career, he worked for several different news papers and finally settled down at the Washington Daily News where he established himself as a syndicated columnist after World War II. The success of his columnist career encouraged Ruark to take up writing seriously and he published a number of best selling novels. Ruark also began to spend much of his time in Africa during the 1950s and it was there, that he wrote his most successful novel, "Something of Value." Ruark sold his grandparents home just before his death in 1965.
Ruark, Robert Chester, 1915-1965
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