H. E. Francis

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Herbert Edward Francis (born January 11, 1924) is an American scholar, professor and writer.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Francis was born in Bristol, Rhode Island on January 11, 1924. He studied at the University of Wisconsin and earned a master's degree from Brown University[2]

He is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Francis has travelled three times as a Fulbright professor to Argentina. An author in his own right, he has published five collections of stories, some of which have been anthologized in the O. Henry, Best American, and Pushcart Prize volumes.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville has named its national short fiction prize in his honor.



  • The Itinerary of Beggars. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1973.
  • Naming Things: Stories. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1980.
  • A Disturbance of Gulls and Other Stories. New York: G. Braziller, 1983.
  • The Sudden Trees and Other Stories. Savannah, GA: Frederic C. Beil, 1999.
  • Goya, Are You With Me Now?. Savannah, GA: Frederic C. Beil, 1999.
  • The Invisible Country. Savannah, GA: Frederic C. Beil, 2003.
  • I'll Never Leave You: Stories. Kansas City, MO: BkMk Press, 2004.

Short non-fiction[edit]


  1. ^ Beasley, Carole Ottaway. "H. E. Francis". encyclopediaofalabama.org/. Encyclopedia of Alabama. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Francis Biography & Bibliography". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2009-05-04.