Jay Cantor

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Jay Cantor (born 1948 New York City) is an American novelist, and essayist.[1]

He graduated from Harvard University with a BA, and from University of California, Santa Cruz with a Ph.D. He teaches at Tufts University.[2] He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, Melinda Marble, and their daughter, Grace.[3]

His work appeared in The Harvard Crimson.[4] He was on the 2009 ArtScience Competition jury.[5]






To call Jay Cantor the thinking man's Tom Wolfe is a little unfair to Tom Wolfe, who surely believes, and with some justification, that he's the thinking man's Tom Wolfe. It's also a little unfair to Jay Cantor, who for all I know abhors Wolfe's politics and his fiction as well. Yet the scope of Cantor's ambition in his teeming new novel, Great Neck; his avid desire to capture the American scene entire; his crowd of characters, each absorbed in a private drama; certain thrillingly compact episodes that stand out like a prodigy among dull schoolkids; the hankering after abandoned tradition (Cantor is fascinated by the cabala, Wolfe by the Stoics); the stern morality operating just below the surface of the narrative -- all these things, it seems to me, link these two writers, both of whom ardently believe in the power of fiction to bring an American moment to life.[7]


  1. ^ George Herriman's. "Jay Cantor Biography - (1948– ), The Death of Che Guevara, Krazy Kat, The Space Between: Literature and Politics - University, Literature, and Essays - JRank Articles". Jrank.org. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  2. ^ "Tufts University: English Department". Ase.tufts.edu. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  3. ^ "Jay Cantor Author Bookshelf - Random House - Books - Audiobooks - Ebooks". Random House. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  4. ^ Cantor, Jay. "Jay Cantor | Writer Profile | The Harvard Crimson". Thecrimson.com. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  5. ^ [1] Archived April 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Cantor, Jay (2004-08-10). "Random House, Inc. Academic Resources | Great Neck by Jay Cantor". Randomhouse.com. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  7. ^ "To Know Which Way the Wind Blows", The New York Times, Adam Begley, February 2, 2003

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