James Alan McPherson

James Alan McPherson

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James Alan McPherson (born September 16, 1943 in Savannah, Georgia) is a United States short story writer and essayist, and a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1973.


McPherson won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, for his short story collection, "Elbow Room". He was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 1981. His work has appeared in twenty-seven journals and magazines, seven short-story anthologies, and "The Best American Essays". In 1995, McPherson was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been educated at Morgan State University, Morris Brown College, Harvard Law School, The University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, and the Yale Law School. He has taught English at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Harvard, and also lectured in Japan at Meiji University and Chiba University. He is now a professor of English at the University of Iowa.

In 2000, John Updike selected his short story "Gold Coast" for his collection "Best American Short Stories of the Century" (Houghton Mifflin).

tory collections

*"Hue and Cry" (1968)
*"Elbow Room" (1977)


*"Crabcakes" (memoir) (1998)
*"A Region Not Home" (essays) (2000)


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