- Category : Writers-Fiction
- Type : PE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Unexpected 1
American author of "Raintree County," published in 1948 after seven years of writing.
Ross was the youngest son of an Indiana historian, Ross Sr., and an aspiring writer, Elsie Shockley. His parents emphasized achievement, and Ross dutifully fulfilled it. By age 15, he traveled with his father, helping him put on popular history shows. Lockridge Sr. became dependent on his son for writing, speech assistance, dictation, and other duties.
At the University of Indiana, Ross received the highest grade-point average in that school's history. After studying in France for a summer, he went to Harvard on a graduate fellowship. He taught English for awhile at Simmons College.
He married Lillian Vernice Baker, and appeared to have a happy union. They worked on an epic poem together that failed. Lockridge then began work on "Raintree County," which was based on his mother's side of the family, all while working a full teacher load, and fathering four children.
He never wrote another novel, and in March 1948 committed suicide through carbon monoxide poisoning in his garage.