Padgett Powell

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Padgett Powell
Born (1952-04-25) April 25, 1952 (age 65)
Gainesville, Florida, United States
Occupation novelist, short story writer
Nationality American
Period 1983–present
Notable works Edisto (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] He loves snakes, particularly the indigo snake.

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)



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