Nicholas Delbanco

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Nicholas Delbanco
Nicholas Delbanco at Nicola's Books Ann Arbor Michigan.JPG
Delbanco at a book signing event, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 15 February 2012
Born 1942 (age 74–75)
London, England
Occupation Writer, author, retired program director
Spouse(s) Elena Greenhouse
Children Francesca Delbanco, Andrea Delbanco

Nicholas Delbanco (born 1942) is an American writer.

Life and career[edit]

Delbanco was born in London, England, the son of German Jewish parents Barbara (née Bernstein) and Kurt Delbanco, a businessman, art dealer, and sculptor.[1][2][3] He was educated at Harvard University, B.A. 1963; Columbia University, M.A. 1966. He taught at Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, 1966–84, and at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1984–85. He was director of the MFA Program, and the Hopwood Awards Program at the University of Michigan, until his retirement in 2015.

He has published twenty-nine books of fiction and non-fiction. His most recent novel (2013) is "The Years," his most recent work of non-fiction, (2015) is "The Art of Youth: Crane, Carrington, Gershwin, and the Nature of First Acts." 2015 saw publication of the Omnibus collection, "Dear Wizard: The Letters of Nicholas Delbanco and Jon Manchip White." In 2011, he republished Sherbrookes. This book brings his trilogy of novels ("Possession," "Sherbrookes," "Stillness" from, consecutively, 1977, '78 and '80 ) between the covers of a single book. Shebrookes is not simply a reissue of the three original novels together, but a revised edition of the trilogy without being a complete revision of the original story.[4]

Delbanco has served as Chair of the Fiction Panel for the National Book Awards, and as a judge for, among other contests, the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction and the Pulitzer Prize. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1980,[5] and twice, a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship.

In 1962, while Delbanco was a student at Harvard, he was a student in a creative writing course at Harvard Summer School taught by John Updike, author and Harvard alum.[6] Another student in this class was Jonathan Penner.

In the 1960s, Delbanco had a relationship with Carly Simon which is alluded to in her song You're So Vain.[7]

Delbanco's daughter with Elena Greenhouse, Francesca, is married to director Nicholas Stoller. His daughter Andrea is married to the ACLU of New Jersey lawyer, Alexander Shalom. Elena Greenhouse's parents were cellist Bernard Greenhouse and Aurora de la Luz Fernandez y Menendez.[8]


Short stories[edit]

  • The collection, About My Table, and Other Stories, publisher—William Morrow & Co, 1983
  • The collection, The Writer's Trade, and Other Stories, publisher—William Morrow & Co.




  • Speaking of writing. University of Michigan Press. 1990. ISBN 978-0-472-06422-9. 
  • The Sincerest Form, Writing Fiction by Imitation, publisher-McGraw-Hill, 2004
  • Craft & Voice, an Introduction to Literature (w. Alan Cheuse), publisher—McGraw-Hill, 2012


  • In "The Count of Concord" we see a veteran novelist working at the height of his powers, pulling out every trick he's learned in the four decades since he published his first book, "The Martlet's Tale," at 23.[9]


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  3. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths DELBANCO, KURT". The New York Times. 19 November 2007. 
  4. ^ Owchar, Nick (28 August 2011). "Nicholas Delbanco: The Writer's Craft". Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Nicholas Delbanco – John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Begley, Adam, Updike, 2014, Harper Collins, pg. 226
  7. ^ Friedman, Megan (18 November 2015). "Carly Simon Finally Reveals Who "You're So Vain" Is About". Redbook. 
  8. ^ Lacher, Irene (9 October 2005). "Francesca Delbanco and Nicholas Stoller". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ Wilson, John (31 May 2008). "Nicholas Delbanco's "The Count of Concord"". Retrieved 27 August 2011. 

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