Leonard Kriegel

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Leonard Kriegel (born May 25, 1933) is an American author and self-proclaimed "cripple."

Kriegel was born in the Bronx and contracted polio at the age of 11, leaving him confined to steel braces and crutches shortly after. His first book was The Long Walk Home (1964). Kriegel has received both Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships and three of his books have been New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His writing ranges from essay, stories and novels.

List of work[edit]

  • Edmund Wilson (1971)
  • Working Through: A Teacher's Journey in the Urban University (1972)
  • Notes for the two-dollar window (1976)
  • On men and manhood (1979)
  • Quitting Time: A Novel (1982)
  • Falling Into Life (1991)
  • Flying Solo (1998)


  • Hayley Mitchell Haugen, "The “Disabled Imagination” and the Masculine Metaphor in the Works of Leonard Kriegel," in Elizabeth Klaver (ed), The Body in Medical Culture (Albany (NY), SUNY Press, 2010),


  • online biography
  • Literary editor, Present Tense magazine (Murray Polner, editor)