Marvin Cohen (American writer)
|Born||July 6, 1931|
Brooklyn, New York, USA
|Occupation||Essayist, novelist, playwright, poet, and humorist|
|Notable works||The Self-Devoted Friend (1967), The Monday Rhetoric of the Love Club and Other Parables (1973), Baseball the Beautiful: Decoding the Diamond (1974), Others, Including Morstive Sternbump (1976)|
Marvin Cohen (born July 6, 1931) is an American essayist, novelist, playwright, poet, humorist, and surrealist. He is the author of nine published books, two of which were published by New Directions Publishing, and several plays. His shorter writings — stories, parables, allegories, and essays — have appeared in more than 80 publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Nation, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Fiction, The Hudson Review, Quarterly Review of Literature, Transatlantic Review and New Directions annuals. His 1980 play The Don Juan and the Non-Don Juan was first performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival as part of the Poets at the Public Series. Staged readings of the play have featured actors Richard Dreyfuss, Keith Carradine, Wallace Shawn, Jill Eikenberry, Larry Pine, and Mimi Kennedy.
Life and career
Cohen was born in Brooklyn, New York City. He has described himself as one who has "risen from lower-class background to lower-class foreground." He studied art at Cooper Union but left college to focus on writing. He supported himself with a series of odd jobs including mink farmer and merchant seaman. Although not typically associated with the Beat Generation, his first published piece appeared in The Beat Scene (Corinth Books, 1960) along with works by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Cohen also taught creative writing at The New School, the City College of New York, C.W. Post of Long Island University, and Adelphi University. He is married and currently lives with his wife in New York City.
- The Self-Devoted Friend (1967) New Directions Publishing
- Dialogues (1967) Turret Books
- The Monday Rhetoric of the Love Club and Other Parables (1973) New Directions Publishing
- Baseball the Beautiful: Decoding the Diamond (1974) Links Books
- Fables at Life's Expense (1975) Serendipity Books
- Others, Including Morstive Sternbump (1976) Bobbs-Merrill Company
- The Inconvenience of Living (1977) Urizen Books
- How the Snake Emerged from the Bamboo Pole but Man Emerged from Both (1978) Oasis Books / Earthgrip Press
- Aesthetics in Life and Art (1982) Gull Books
- How to Outthink a Wall: An Anthology (2016) Verbivoracious Press
- Others, Including Morstive Sternbump: 40th Anniversary Edition (2016) Tough Poets Press
- The Self-Devoted Friend: 50th Anniversary Edition (2017) Tough Poets Press
- Baseball as Metaphysics (2017) Tough Poets Press
- Five Fictions (2018) Tough Poets Press
- Inside the World: As Al Lehman (2018) Sagging Meniscus Press
- Women, and Tom Gervasi (2018) Sagging Meniscus Press
- Run Out of Prose (2018) Sagging Meniscus Press
- Sadness Corrected: New Poems & Dialogues (2019) Sagging Meniscus Press
- Life's Tumultuous Party: Reduced to its Essential Partycycles (2020) Sagging Meniscus Press
- The Don Juan and the Non-Don Juan (1980)
- Necessary Ends (1982)
- Topsy-Turvy (1986)
- Phonies (1988)
- Love Unfairly Tested (1988)
- "Marvin Cohen Joins Carriage House Series". Record-News. Westfield, NJ. April 20, 2007.
- Papp, Joseph, ed. (1986). Plays from the New York Shakespeare Festival. New York, NY: Broadway Play Publishing. p. 2.
- De Lacy, Justine (September 6–7, 1980). "Marvin Cohen's Surrealist Humor". International Herald Tribune. Paris.
- New Directions Publishing Company - Marvin Cohen
- Reader's Almanac, December 24, 1976 Marvin Cohen discusses his sixth book and first novel, Others, Including Morstive Sternbump. Interview with Walter James Miller, WNYC-FM, New York Public Radio.
- Reader's Almanac, February 6, 1978 Marvin Cohen talks about his book The Inconvenience of Living. Interview with Walter James Miller, WNYC-FM, New York Public Radio.
- Village Voice, November 23, 2016 Surreal Genius: Why Onetime Literary Hotshot Marvin Cohen Deserves Another Look
- Fiction Writers Review, June 12, 2017 The Drumbeat of Society: An Interview with Marvin Cohen