John Casey (novelist)

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John D. Casey
Born 1939
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation author
Years active 1977-present
Notable work Spartina, 1989
  • Jane Barnes
  • Rosamond Casey

John D. Casey (born 1939 in Worcester, Massachusetts) is an American novelist and translator. He won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1989 for Spartina.[1]


Casey went to school at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. He currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is Professor of English Literature at the University of Virginia. Among others, writer Breece D'J Pancake studied under him.[2]

Casey's papers reside at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia.


Casey's brother-in-law is Nobel Prize-winning physician Harold E. Varmus.

Casey's father is former Massachusetts representative Joseph E. Casey.

Casey has two adult daughters from his first marriage to novelist Jane Barnes: Nell Casey and Maud Casey. Maud Casey is a published author in her own right, with two well-reviewed novels and a collection of short stories to her credit.[citation needed] Nell Casey is the editor of the essay collection "Unholy Ghost" on depression and creativity, including essays by herself and her sister, and editor of a second essay collection "An Uncertain Inheritance" by contributors caring for family through illness and death.

He also has two daughters, Clare and Julia, from his second marriage to artist and calligrapher Rosamond Casey.






  • Alessandro Boffa (2002). You're an Animal, Viskovitz!. Translator John Casey. Random House, Inc. ISBN 978-0-375-40528-0. 
  • Linda Ferri (2006). Enchantments. Translator John Casey. Vintage. ISBN 978-1-4000-3352-2. 


  1. ^ a b "National Book Awards – 1989". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
    (With essay by Harold Augenbraum from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
  2. ^ "John Casey (1939– )". Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved 2009-12-26.

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