James Alan McPherson





James Alan McPherson

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in Savannah, Georgia, The United States
September 16, 1943

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James Alan McPherson is among the most revered authors living and writing in the United States. 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 ...more


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Elbow Room
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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

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