James Alan McPherson





James Alan McPherson


Born
in Savannah, Georgia
September 16, 1943

Died
July 27, 2016

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James Alan McPherson was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American short story writer and essayist. He spent his early career writing short stories and essays, almost without exception, for The Atlantic. At the age of 35, McPherson received a Pulitzer Prize for his collection of stories, Elbow Room (1978). He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1973) and the MacArthur Foundation Award (the so-called "Genius Award"; 1981) and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995. He is perhaps most often quoted for propounding this philosophy of American citizenship: "I believe that if one can experience diversity, touch a variety of its people, laugh at its craziness, distill wisdom from its tragedies, and attempt to syn ...more

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Elbow Room

3.67 avg rating — 1,227 ratings — published 1977 — 4 editions
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Hue and Cry

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Crabcakes

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Why I like Country Music

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“I think that love must be the ability to suspend one's intelligence for the sake of something. At the basis of love therefore must live imagination.”
James Alan McPherson, Elbow Room

“Sometimes, in the night, it is expectant and therefore eager to be out. It has slept too long and is restless, fighting the force that keeps it patient. Years of internal slumber has drugged it, but not decisively, so that, once slightly touched, it starts and quivers and attempts to announce itself so strongly that, occasionally, a man's mind will wake in his bed and ask itself: Who is there?
James Alan McPherson, Hue and Cry

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