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Author Information: John Edgar Wideman



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John Edgar Wideman was born in Washington, D.C., in 1941 and grew up in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Peabody High School and the Unversity of Pennsylvania, where, as a member of the basketball team, he earned All-Ivy Honors as well as a place in the Philadelphia Big Five Basketball Hall of Fame. Graduated with a B.A. in 1963, he also became that year one of two black Americans to receive a Rhodes scholarship.

As a Rhodes scholar, Wideman spent three years in England, receiving a B.Phil. degree from Oxford in 1966. He subsequently spent a year at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop.

Wideman's widely praised books include the novels A Glance Away (1967), Hurry Home (1969), The Lynchers (1973), Hiding Place (1981), Sent for You Yesterday (1983), Reuben (1987), and Philadelphia Fire (1990); his collections of short stories, Damballah (1981) and Fever (1989); and the nonfiction Brothers and Keepers (1984). Damballah, Hiding Place, and Sent for You Yesterday were subsequently reissued together as The Homewood Trilogy (1984).

Wideman's short fiction, reviews, and critical articles, often on the work of black writers, have appeared in a number of publications.
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