James Alan McPherson (b. 1943)
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Cooksey, Thomas L
DescriptionEncyclopedia article about James McPherson. Essayist, short-story writer, and critic, James Alan McPherson is among that generation of African American writers and intellectuals, including Charles Johnson and Stanley Crouch, who were inspired and mentored by Ralph Ellison. McPherson's early short story "Gold Coast" won the 1965 Atlantic Monthly Firsts award. In 1978 he was the first African American recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his 1977 story collection, Elbow Room. Frequently anthologized, McPherson has received such prestigious honors as a Guggenheim Fellowship (1972-73), the MacArthur Fellowship (1981), several Pushcart Prizes, and induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1995).
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