Gordon Weaver

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Gordon A. Weaver
Born(1937-02-02)February 2, 1937
Moline, Illinois, U.S.
DiedApril 2, 2021(2021-04-02) (aged 84)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Milwaukee University of Illinois (MA), University of Denver (Ph.D)
Notable worksCount a Lonely Cadence
Notable awardsO. Henry Award, 1979

Gordon A. Weaver (February 2, 1937 – April 2, 2021) was an American novelist and short story writer.

Life and career[edit]

Weaver was born in Moline, Illinois in February 1937, the fifth of the five children of Noble Rodell Weaver and Inez Katherine Nelson. His family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1941. He graduated from Wauwatosa High School in 1955. After three years service in the United States Army (1955–1958), he graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1961, from the University of Illinois with an MA in 1962, and from the University of Denver with a Ph.D. in 1970. He taught at Siena College 1963-1965, Marietta College 1965-1968, University of Southern Mississippi 1970–1975, Oklahoma State University 1975–1995, Vermont College 1983-1989, and University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee 1996–2000.

He was founding editor of the Mississippi Review, fiction editor of Cimarron Review from 1975 to 1986, managing editor of the AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Award Series for Short Fiction from 1977 to 1979, and general editor of the Twayne Studies in Short Fiction (Twayne Publishers, Boston/New York) from 1986 to 1997.

More than a hundred of his stories have appeared in a wide variety of literary magazines, including Agni,[1] Antioch Review, Carolina Quarterly, Confrontation, Georgia Review, Iowa Review, The Literary Review, New Letters, Ploughshares,[2] and Southwest Review. His novel Count a Lonely Cadence, was adapted for the movie Cadence, starring Charlie Sheen.[3]

Weaver was the father of three daughters. He retired to the Milwaukee area in the 1990s and died in April 2021.[4][5]

His papers are held at Boston University.[6]




  • Count a Lonely Cadence. H. Regnery Co. 1968.
  • Give Him a Stone. Crown Publishers. 1975. ISBN 978-0-517-51897-7.
  • Circling Byzantium. Louisiana State University Press. November 1980. ISBN 978-0-8071-0694-5.
  • The Eight Corners of the World. Chelsea Green Pub. Co. 1988. ISBN 978-0-930031-16-9.

Short stories[edit]




  • The movie Cadence was based on Weaver's novel Count a Lonely Cadence.


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