Tracy Daugherty

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Tracy Daugherty is an American author. He is Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oregon State University. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Daugherty is best known for his biographies of important American writers of the mid-20th century. These include Hiding Man, his biography of his former teacher, short story author and novelist Donald Barthelme (1931–1989); Just One Catch, about the author of Catch-22, novelist Joseph Heller (1923–1999); and Daugherty's most recently published biography from 2015, The Last Love Song, about the journalist and novelist Joan Didion (1932– ).

Daugherty is a contributor to The New Yorker, McSweeney's, and The Georgia Review. His other published work includes the volumes What Falls Away (1996), which won the Oregon Book Award, and The Boy Orator.[1]

His first novel, Desire Provoked (1987) was acclaimed as "impressive" and "exquisitely accurate" by novelist Ron Loewinsohn in The New York Times.[2]

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  1. ^ Eugene Register-Gard, April 25, 1999
  2. ^ On the Lam from Boredom, The New York Times, Fe. 1, 1987