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David Bradley

Author's Bio

David Bradley, Associate Professor of Fiction at the University of Oregon, is the author of two novels, South Street (1975) and The Chaneysville Incident (1981) which was awarded the 1982 PEN/Faulkner Award and an Academy Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Since 1985 he has worked primarily in Creative Nonfiction, publishing pieces in Esquire, Redbook, The New York Times, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker and Dissent. His most recent Creative Nonfiction has appeared online in Obit, Narrative, and Brevity. He has also published articles on and introductions to editions of works by Melville, Twain, Richard Wright, William Melvin Kelley and Edmund Wilson. David Bradley is the author of two novels, South Street (1975) and The Chaneysville Incident (1981) which was awarded the 1982 PEN/Faulkner Award and an Academy Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Both novels have been recently released in electronic editions by Open Road Media. Although his short story "You Remember the Pinmill" was published in 2013 in Narrative, since 1985 Bradley has worked primarily in Creative Nonfiction, with pieces in Esquire, Redbook, The New York Times, Philadelphia Magazine, The Pennsylvania Gazette, The Nation and Dissent. His work has also appeared online in Obit, Narrative and Brevity. Bradley, who holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in United States Studies from the University of London, has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently working on a Creative Nonfiction book entitled The Bondage Hypothesis: Meditations on Race and History, and a novel in stories, Raystown. Born and raised in Bedford, in Western Pennsylvania, he lives in La Jolla, California.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
The Chaneysville Incident (Harper & Row, 1990), South Street (Scribner, 1986)
Journals:
Esquire, Philadelphia, The Nation, The New Yorker
Prizes:
PEN/Faulkner Award (1982) Academy Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1982) Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction (1989) National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Creative Non-fiction (1991)

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin, Between Heaven and Here by Susan Straight
Favorite Books:
Absalom, Absalom; Moby-Dick; Bleak House; Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
Favorite Authors:
Faulkner, Twain, Dickens, T. J. Parker, Susan Straight

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Listing last updated: April 17, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
African American, Appalachian
Prefers to work with:
Adults
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Bedford, PA
Raised in:
Bedford, PA

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