Norman Rush

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Norman Rush
Born (1933-10-24) October 24, 1933 (age 86)
San Francisco, California, United States

Norman Rush (born October 24, 1933, San Francisco, California) is an American writer most of whose introspective novels and short stories are set in Botswana in the 1980s.[1] He won the U.S. National Book Award[2] and the 1992 Irish Times/Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize for his novel Mating.


Rush was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, the son of Roger and Leslie (Chesse) Rush. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1956.[3] During the Korean War he was sentenced to two years incarceration for his status as a conscientious objector to the war, but was released on parole after nine months. After working for fifteen years as a book dealer, he changed careers to become a teacher and found he had more time to write. He submitted a short story about his teaching experiences to The New Yorker and it was published in 1978.

Rush and his wife Elsa were co-directors of the Peace Corps in Botswana from 1978 to 1983, which provided material for a collection of short stories he published as Whites. In 1986 "Whites" was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.[4] His Botswana experience also served as the locations for his novels, Mating and Mortals.

Norman lives in Rockland County, NY with his wife, Elsa.

Rush's third novel, "Subtle Bodies", was published in September 2013.

Published works[edit]

  • Whites,:short stories Alfred A. Knopf, 1986, ISBN 978-0-394-54471-7 — finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction[4]
  • Mating, Knopf, 1991, ISBN 978-0-394-54472-4 — winner of the National Book Award for Fiction[2]
  • Mortals: a novel Knopf, 2003, ISBN 978-0-679-40622-8.
  • Subtle Bodies: a novel, Knopf, 2013, ISBN 978-1-4000-4250-0.


  1. ^ "Norman Rush". Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  2. ^ a b "National Book Awards – 1991". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-28.
    (With essays by Lee Taylor Gaffigan and Jim Shepard from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
  3. ^ [1] Archived July 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b "Fiction". Past winners & finalists by category. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2012-03-28.

External links[edit]