James Alan McPherson
American essayist and short-story writerDied when: 72 years 315 days (874 months)
Star Sign: Virgo
James Alan McPherson (September 16, 1943 – July 27, 2016) was an American essayist and short-story writer.He was the first African-American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and was included among the first group of artists who received a MacArthur Fellowship.
At the time of his death, McPherson was a professor emeritus of fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.