An American writer and lawyer, he is best known for The Store, the second novel in the popular Vaidan Trilogy. The other two books in the series are The Forge and Unfinished Cathedral.
Early in his literary career, he worked as the editor of a small weekly publication called the Clifton News.
He won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1932 novel The Store.
He grew up in Tennessee. His father had served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Many of his mother's male relatives, on the other hand, had fought for the Confederacy. Stribling married Lou Ella Kloss in 1931.
He and Charles Fuller both won the Pulitzer Prize.