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James Alan McPherson

American essayist and short-story writer

Died 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.

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