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James Purdy

Born: Jul 17, 1914

Death: Mar 13, 2009

Birthplace: Hicksville

Profession: Author

Nationality: United States

James Purdy

Date of Birth : Jul 17, 1914
Date of Death : Mar 13, 2009
Birth Place : Hicksville

James Otis Purdy was a controversial American novelist, short-story writer, poet, and playwright who, since his debut in 1956, published over a dozen novels, and many collections of poetry, short stories, and plays. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and in 2013 his short stories were collected in The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy. He has been praised by writers as diverse as Edward Albee, James M. Cain, Lillian Hellman, Francis King, Marianne Moore, Dorothy Parker, Dame Edith Sitwell, Terry Southern, Gore Vidal, Jonathan Franzen, A.N. Wilson, and both Jane Bowles and Paul Bowles. Purdy was the recipient of the Morton Dauwen Zabel Fiction Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was nominated for the 1985 PEN/Faulkner Award for his novel On Glory's Course. In addition, he won two Guggenheim Fellowships, and grants from the Ford Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation. He worked as an interpreter and lectured in Europe with the United States Information Agency.


  • Author
  • Poet
  • Playwright
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • James O Purdy

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
  • Clifton Fadiman Medal For Excellence In Fiction
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