Author of “The Great Brain” Proudly Called Carbon County Home


Many gifted minds have hailed from the Castle Country area. “The Great Brain” series, a well-known children’s series, was penned by author John Fitzgerald. While it may not be common knowledge, Fitzgerald was able to call Carbon County his home.

Born in Price in 1906 and venturing out of Utah in 1925, Fitzgerald did not publish his first work until 1955. His first work was entitled “Papa Married a Mormon” and was followed by other novels that covered Utah in the late 19th century into the early 20th century.

It was not until the 1960s that Fitzgerald wrote the greatly successful “Great Brain” series. The main character is said to have been based off of Fitzgerald’s brother, Tom, though the credits to real-life individuals have been stated to be loosely based.

Fitzgerald passed away at the age of 82 in Florida in May of 1988. However, his legacy, passion for writing and roots in Castle Country ensure that he is well-remembered.

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