Douglas Unger (born June 27, 1952) is an American novelist.
Life and work
Unger has written four novels, including his 1984 debut, Leaving the Land, which was a finalist for the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and received the Society of Midland Authors Award for Fiction and a Hemingway Foundation/PEN Special Citation.
His short stories are collected in Looking for War (2004). "Leslie and Sam", a story from that collection, was short-listed for the 2002 O. Henry Award and named a distinguished story in Best American Short Stories 2002.
From 1983 to 1991, Unger taught creative writing at Syracuse University. During this time he advised George Saunders on his MA thesis. In 1991 he joined the faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he co-founded the MFA program in creative writing.
Unger was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 2007.
- Leaving the Land (Harper & Row, 1984)
- El Yanqui (Harper & Row, 1986)
- The Turkey War (Harper & Row, 1988)
- Voices from Silence (St. Martin's, 1995)
- Looking for War (Ontario Review Press, 2004)
- Douglas Unger's curriculum vitae at the Wayback Machine (archived September 3, 2006) (Google cache page)
- Douglas Unger's website
- Unger's faculty page at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- "Point of Contact: 30 Years" a talk by Douglas Unger on the history of the journal Point of Contact
- An interview with Douglas Unger, by Jarret Keene from turnrow, Summer 2004 vol. 3.2
- Nevada Writers Hall of Fame
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