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
Spouse(s)
  • Jane Barnes
  • Rosamond Casey
  • Roberts (Robin) Browning Carey

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]

Life[edit]

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.

Family[edit]

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.

In 2012, John Casey married social media executive Roberts Browning Fray (who went by Robin Fray Carey professionally), whom he first met when she studied English at The University of Virginia in 1976. Casey was widowed on December 17, 2015, when Robin Fray Carey was killed in an automobile accident in Fauquier County, Virginia.

Title IX complaints[edit]

In November 2017, Casey was accused of sexually harassing Emma C. Eisenberg, a graduate of the University of Virginia's M.F.A. program.[3] Eisenberg's accusation on Twitter claimed that Casey harassed her and other female students between 2012 and 2014. She has also filed a Title IX complaint, which stated, "Professor Casey repeatedly touched me and other M.F.A. fiction female students at departmental social functions on our shoulders, lower backs, and butts, as well as making routine comments on our appearance in class..."[3] Eisenberg has also stated that Casey unfairly favored male students. A second anonymous M.F.A. student filed an additional Title IX complaint at the same time.[3] Several weeks later, a third student, Sharon Harrigan, accused Casey of sexual harassment and gender bias.[4] Harrigan's complaint states, "The way he treated the young women was manipulative and predatory. He openly flirted with them in class, commenting on their clothes and asking if they chose their outfits ‘just for him.’ He often silenced the female students in favor of letting the men speak. He made inappropriate comments about his personal and romantic life."[4] A classmate of Harrigan's, Jody Hesler, has confirmed Harrigan's account.[4] On November 30, 2017, the university's Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights announced that Casey would not be teaching during the spring 2018 semester, nor would he be advising or mentoring students.[5] Casey has not responded to any requests for comment.[4][5]

Awards[edit]

Works[edit]

Fiction[edit]

Non-Fiction[edit]

Translations[edit]

  • 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. 

References[edit]

  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.
  3. ^ a b c Mangan, Katherine (22 Nov 2017). "Prominent Creative-Writing Professor at UVa Is Accused of Sexually Harassing Students". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 22 Nov 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d Serven, Ruth (28 Nov 2017). "New Title IX complaint filed against Casey". The Daily Progress. Retrieved 1 Dec 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Gluckman, Nell (30 Nov 2017). "UVa Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment Will Not Teach in the Spring". Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 1 Dec 2017. 

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