Joan Chase

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Joan L. Chase (November 26, 1936 Wooster, Ohio – April 17, 2018)[1][2] was an American novelist


She moved from town to town in Ohio throughout her childhood.[1]

She graduated from the University of Maryland magna cum laude. From 1980 to 1984, she was an assistant director of the Ragdale Foundation.[3] She was a member of PEN.[4]

Chase died on 17 April 2018 at the age of 81, after a long illness.[1]


Her first novel, During the Reign of the Queen of Persia was published in 1983 and won the PEN/Hemingway Prize for First Fiction by an American author.[5] The book was republished in 2014 by New York Review Books with an introduction by Meghan O'Rourke.




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