Padgett Powell

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Padgett Powell
Born (1952-04-25) April 25, 1952 (age 72)
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
OccupationNovelist, short story writer
Notable worksEdisto (1984)

Padgett Powell (born April 25, 1952 in Gainesville, Florida)[1] is an American novelist in the Southern literary tradition. His debut novel, Edisto (1984), was nominated for the American Book Award and was excerpted in The New Yorker.[2]

Powell has written five more novels—including A Woman Named Drown (1987); Edisto Revisited (1996), a sequel to his debut; Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men (2000); The Interrogative Mood: A Novel? (2009); and You & Me (2012), his most recent—and three collections of short stories. In addition to The New Yorker, Powell's work has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's, Grand Street, Oxford American, The New York Times Book Review, and other publications.

Powell has been a writing professor at the University of Florida since 1984.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]



  • Edisto (1984)
  • A Woman Named Drown (1987)
  • Edisto Revisited (1996)
  • Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men (2000; reissued in 2014 as Hologram)
  • The Interrogative Mood: A Novel? (2009)
  • You & Me (2012)

Story collections

  • Typical (1991)
  • Aliens of Affection (1998)
  • Cries for Help, Various (2015)

Essay collection

  • Indigo (2021)



  1. ^ "The Writer's Almanac, Broadcast Date: Tuesday: April 25, 2000". American Public Radio. 2000-04-25. Archived from the original on February 5, 2016. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  2. ^ "Abstract: Padgett Powell, Fiction, "Edisto"". The New Yorker. 1983-11-14. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  3. ^ ""Padgett Powell" (faculty page)". University of Florida, Department of English. n.d. Archived from the original on 2018-10-26. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  4. ^ "Padgett Powell".
  5. ^ "Rome Fellowship in Literature". The American Academy of Arts and Letters. n.d. Archived from the original on 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2008-05-06.

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