Author

James Alan McPherson

American short story writer and essayist

1943   -   2016

genre: essay, short story
country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: American English
educated at: Harvard Law School, University of Iowa, Morris Brown College
occupation: writer, essayist, professor
award received: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, MacArthur Fellows Program, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

James Alan McPherson (September 16, 1943 – July 27, 2016) was an American essayist and short-story writer. He was the first African-American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and was included among the first group of artists who received a MacArthur Fellowship. At the time of his death, McPherson was a professor emeritus of fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
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