Edgar W. B. Fairchild Professor of Literature (1966)
- AB, LittD Muhlenberg College 1962, 1980; MA Columbia University 1967
- Teaching Experience:
- University of Iowa, Columbia University, Bennington College
- Teaching Specialties:
- Fiction Writing, the American novel, 19th century fiction, Dickens
- Research Interests:
- Writing fiction, writing esssays
- Novels and short story collections including Letters to a Fiction Writer (W.W.
Norton, 1999), The Night Inspector (Harmony Books, 1999), A Dangerous
Profession (St. Martin's Press, 1998), Girls (Harmony Books, 1997), The
Children in the Woods: New and Selected Stories (Ticknor & Fields, 1994), Long
Way From Home (Ticknor & Fields, 1993), Harry and Catherine
(Knopf, 1990),Closing Arguments (Ticknor & Fields, 1991), War
Babies (New Directions, 1989), Absent Friends (Knopf, 1989),
When People Publish (University of Iowa Press, 1987), Sometimes I Live in the
Country (D.R. Godine, 1986), Too Late American Boyhood Blues (D.R.
Godine, 1984), Invisible Mending (D.R. Godine, 1984), Take This Man
(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1981), Rounds (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,
1980), Hardwater Country (Knopf, 1979), The Mutual Friend
(Harper & Row, 1978), also numerous stories, articles and essays for popular and
professional magazines and journals that include Best American Short Srories,
Harper's, Esquire, New York Times, Chicago
Tribune Book World, Washing Post Book World, The New Yorker.
- PEN/Malamud Award for distinguished achievement in the short story (1991); Jewish Book
Award for Fiction (1986);Award from the American Academy and Institute for Arts and
Letters (1986); Ingram Merrill Fellowship (1982-83); Guggenheim Fellowship (1981-82).
English Department Faculty