John F. Callahan

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John F. Callahan is literary executor for Ralph Ellison, and was the editor for his posthumously-released novel Juneteenth. In addition to his work with Ellison, Callahan has written or edited numerous volumes related to African-American literature, with a particular emphasis on 20th century literature.

External video
video icon Presentation by John Callahan on Juneteenth, June 30, 1999, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by John Callahan and Adam Bradley on Three Days Before the Shooting..., February 3, 2010, C-SPAN

Some of Callahan's other works include In the African-American Grain: The Pursuit of Voice in 20th Century Black Fiction, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man: A Casebook, and The Illusions of a Nation: Myth and History in the Novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Callahan also edited Ellison's short story collection Flying Home and co-edited with Albert Murray the Modern Library edition of Trading Twelves: The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray. As Darryl Pinckney has observed: "Thanks to Callahan, there are more Ellison titles now than existed during his lifetime."[1]

In 2010 Callahan published a fuller version of Ellison's unfinished second novel as Three Days Before the Shooting.

As of 2006 Callahan serves as the Morgan S. Odell Professor of Humanities at Lewis & Clark College.

He earned his B.A. from the University of Connecticut and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Callahan is the author of A Man You Could Love, a novel published in 2007 by Fulcrum Publishing.

In 2015, Callahan donated his papers to the Lewis & Clark Archives.[2]


  1. ^ Darryl Pinckney, "Riffs", The New York Review of Books, January 11, 2001.
  2. ^ "John F. Callahan Acquisition Announcement", Oct. 2015.

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