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Bart Midwood

Author's Bio

In an article in Esquire, Isaac Singer wrote that Bart Midwood was "the first writer in English to give the word humoristic freedom." BOOKS OF FICTION: "Bodkin" (Random House) "Phantoms" (E.P. Dutton) "Bennett's Angel" (British/American, Paris Review Editions) "The Nativity" (Bel Esprit) "The World In Pieces" (Permanent) FICTION IN PERIODICALS: Esquire, Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, TransAtlantic Review, Dutton Review, Agni, Queen, Nagy Vilag FILM: Narrative script and musical score, "End of the Dialog", award-winning documentary about apartheid in South Africa. STAGEPLAY PRODUCTIONS: St. Clemens, Judith Anderson. Storefront. Sole and primary book reviewer for Esquire, late sixties and early seventies. FELLOWSHIPS: Guggenheim, NEA, Iowa Writers' Workshop LITERARY PRIZES: Aga Khan, Robert Frost. MUSIC PRIZES: National Sinfonian ( composition, string quartet) Born in Brooklyn New York, March 10, 1938, 9:01 pm. Three grandparents born in Russia, one in Vienna. Mother, Lily, born in Albany, New York. Father, Charles, born on a cattle ranch in either Brazil or Argentina -- in any case, near the border. B.A. University of Miami, full music scholarship, double major:English/biology; Graduate school, National Defense fellowship in humanities). U.S. Army: 1961-7 Certified Master Piano Tuner by London College of Furniture and Design. Resided and worked: New York, Florida, South Carolina, Iowa, California, Yucatan, England, China Five children: Ramsay, Rebecca, Jacob, Sam, Flora. Married since 1988 to Dr. Laura Melim Midwood, Esq., PhD, JD.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
The World in Pieces (Permanent Press, 1999), Bennett's Angel (British-American Paris Review Editions, 1989), The Nativity (Bel Esprit, 1981), Phantoms (Dutton, 1970), Bodkin (Random House, 1967)
Performances:
thespokenwood.com website (2008), Nassau County libraries (1998), WBAI radio (1981), West End Cafe (1975)
Prizes:
Robert Frost Prize for Poetry Aga Khan Prize for Humor Guggenheim Fellowship for Literature NEA Fellowship for Literature National Sinfonian Award for Composition of String Quartet

Bart Midwood Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Collected Stories by Somerset Maugham
Favorite Books:
Apology, Crito, Symposium, Gorgias, Rhetoric, Genesis, Jonah, Gospel acccording to Matthew, Lotus Sutra, Letters of Nicheren, Odyssey, Canterbury Tales, Hamlet, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Journal of A Disappointed Man, Country Doctor, Sense and Sensibility, Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot, Notes From Underground, House of the Dead, Diary of a Madman, The Overcoat, The Nose, Magic Mountain, Felix Krull, Bartleby The Scrivener, Moby Dick, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Magician of Lublin, Secret Agent, Secret Sharer, Orwell's Essays, Lamb's Essays, Personae, Memoirs of an Amnesiac (by Satie, not Levant), Le Morte D'Arthur, Journey to the End of the Night ... and on and on ... so many favorites ... so many lovely books ... it could break your heart ...
Favorite Authors:
plato, aristotle, homer, god, moses, shakespeare, dostoyevski, gogol, melville, chaucer, kafka, barbellion, nicheren, mallory, gogol, cervantes, tolstoi, isaac bashevis singer, celine, runyan, kipling, dickenson, stevens, frost, pound, wilbur, heine, mann ... enough! ... can't fit anymore in here ... but I have them all ... and a thousand others ... nearby -- upstairs ... in my attic ... and a great grand well-appointed room it is, believe me ...

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Listing last updated: December 6, 2013

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Brooklyn, NY
Raised in:
Brooklyn, NY

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