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Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Parents were Lewis and Ida. Father died when the author was three; he’d wanted his son to grow up to be a poet, and he’d named him after a poet. Studied music and visual arts. Wrote novels, essays, and short stories. After military service, he focused his efforts on writing a first person novel whose narrator lives in a secret section of a New York City basement, where his space is lit by 1,369 lights: “Yes, full of light. I doubt if there is a brighter spot in all New York than this hole of mine, and I do not exclude Broadway. Or the Empire State Building on a photographer’s dream night.” The novel deals with or touches on topics that include alienation, racism, stereotyping, mental health, and incest. Received the National Book Award for the work. For his second novel, he wrote over 2,000 pages; he never finished it, but a condensation was published posthumously. Elected to The American Academy of Arts and Letters. Awarded the National Medal of Arts. Was a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Died of pancreatic cancer. Buried in Trinity Church Cemetery, New York City.




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