Pulitzer Prize winner and Guggenheim Fellow James Alan McPherson was born in Savannah, Georgia. He was a graduate of Harvard Law School and held an MFA from the University of Iowa. In a writing career that spans forty years, McPherson was a contributor to many publications, including The Atlantic, Esquire, and Playboy, and was the editor of Double Take magazine. He was a professor of English at the University of Iowa. McPherson died in 2016.
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