James Alan McPherson

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James Alan McPherson
Born(1943-09-16)September 16, 1943
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
DiedJuly 27, 2016(2016-07-27) (aged 72)
Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.
NationalityUnited States of America
EducationMorgan State University
Morris Brown College
Harvard Law School
University of Iowa
Period1968–2016
GenreFiction
Notable worksElbow Room
Notable awardsPulitzer Prize in Fiction
MacArthur Fellowship
Guggenheim Fellowship
SpouseSarah Lynn Charlton (div.)[1]
ChildrenRachel (daughter); Benjamin (son)[1]

James Alan McPherson (September 16, 1943 – July 27, 2016) was an American essayist and short-story writer. He was born in Savannah, Georgia.

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.[1]

McPherson died in hospice on July 27, 2016, in Iowa City, Iowa, due to complications of pneumonia. He was 72.[1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Roberts, Sam (July 27, 2016). "James Alan McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Dies at 72". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  2. "Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72". www.npr.org. NPR. July 27, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016.