Alan Cheuse

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Alan Cheuse
Alan cheuse 2007.jpg
Alan Cheuse in 2007.
Born (1940-01-23)January 23, 1940
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
United States
Occupation novelist, columnist, short story writer, essayist, professor
Nationality American
Ethnicity Russian; Romanian American
Education Rutgers University

Alan Cheuse (born January 23, 1940, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, U.S.) is an American writer and critic.


He grew up in a Jewish family, the son of a Russian immigrant father and a mother of Russian and Romanian descent.[1] He graduated from Perth Amboy High School in 1957 and Rutgers University in 1961. After traveling abroad and working for several years at various writing and editing jobs, he returned to Rutgers to study for a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, which he was awarded in 1974 (having written a thesis on the life and work of the Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier). He then taught literature at Bennington College for nearly a decade and then took various posts at Sewanee: The University of the South, the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at George Mason University.

It was in the late 1970s that he began publishing short fiction, beginning with a story in The New Yorker and going on to write for magazines such as Ploughshares,[2] The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, and New Letters. He brought out his first novel, a biographical historical work about John Reed and Louise Bryant, in 1982, and a number of other works of fiction and nonfiction followed.

He is a regular book reviewer for the NPR radio program All Things Considered.


Bibliography as editor[edit]

  • Writing Workshop in a Book: The Squaw Valley Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction (2007, co-edited with Lisa Alvarez)
  • Seeing Ourselves: Great Early American Short Stories, Edited (2007)
  • Literature: Craft & Voice, Vols.1,2,3 (Fiction, Poetry, Drama), edited, with Nicholas Delbanco (McGraw-Hill, 2009, Second Edition, 2012)

Selected short fiction[edit]

  • "Days Given Over to Travel," Prairie Schooner, Summer, 2003
  • "Revels," Southern California Anthology, Summer, 2004
  • "Paradise, Or, Eat Your Face," (novella), The Idaho Review, Winter, 2004
  • "Horse Sacrifice and the Shaman's Ascent to the Sky," The Land-Grant College Review, Winter, 2005
  • "Thirty-Five Passages Over Water," The Antioch Review, Fall, 2006
  • "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941," New Letters, Fall, 2006
  • "In the Kauri Forest," Ploughshares, Fall, 2006
  • "Gribnis," Prairie Schooner, Winter, 2006
  • "A Little Death", The Southern Review, Summer, 2007
  • “An Authentic Captain Marvel Ring”, Superstition Review, Fall, 2008
  • "A Merry Little", ACM, #48, Winter, 2009
  • "When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears and Watered Heaven with Their Tears", The Idaho Review, 2011
  • "Pip, A Story in Three Parts", Michigan Quarterly Review, Winter, 2012
  • "Vishnu, Sleeping on the Cosmic Ocean", The Antioch Review, Summer, 2013


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