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Frederick Busch (August 1, 1941 – February 23, 2006) was an American writer. Busch was a master of the short story and one of America's most prolific writers of fiction long and short.
Busch was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Muhlenberg College and earned a master's degree from Columbia. He was professor emeritus of literature at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York from 1966 to 2003. He won numerous awards, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award in 1986 and the PEN/Malamud Award in 1991. He died in Manhattan, New York City, aged 64.
He is the father of actor Benjamin Busch.
Honours and awards
- 1962 Fellowship Woodrow Wilson Foundation
- 1981 Fellowship Guggenheim Foundation
- 1981 Fellowship Ingram Merrill Foundation
- 1985 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, Jewish Book Council
- 1986 American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award
- 1991 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction
- 1997 New York Times Notable Book for "Girls: A Novel"
- 1999 National Book Critics Circle Award Nomination for "The Night Inspector"
- 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction finalist, for "The Night Inspector"
- I Wanted A Year Without Fall: A Novel Calder & Boyars London (1971)
- Manual Labor: A Novel (1974)
- Breathing Trouble (1974)
- Domestic Particulars (1976)
- The Mutual Friend (1978)
- Rounds (1980)
- Take This Man (1981)
- Invisible Mending: A Novel (1984)
- Sometimes I Live in the Country (1986)
- Closing Arguments (1988)
- War Babies (1989)
- Harry and Catherine (2000)
- Long Way From Home (1993)
- Girls: A Novel (1997)
- The Night Inspector (1999)
- A Memory of War (2003)
- North: A Novel (2005) (sequel to Girls)
Short story collections
- Hardwater Country: Stories (1979)
- Too Late American Boyhood Blues: Ten Stories (1984)
- Absent Friends (1989)
- Children in the Woods: New and Selected Stories (1994)
- Don't Tell Anyone: Short Stories and a Novella (2000)
- Rescue Missions (2006)
- The Stories of Frederick Busch (2013)
- A Dangerous Profession: A Book about the Writing Life (1998)
- Letters to a Fiction Writer (2000)
- "PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Winners 1996–2010". August 31, 2010.
- Interview with Frederick Busch
- Featured author page in The New York Times
- "Frederick Busch, Author of Poetic Fiction, Dies at 64" (NY Times 02/25/2006)
- "Colgate professor, novelist Frederick Busch dies at age 64" (Colgate 02/26/2006)
- A Writer’s Writer: A Eulogy for Frederick Busch
- "Stealth Maneuvers: The Stories of Frederick Busch" by Katie Arnold-Ratliff (NY Times Book Review 12/29/2013)