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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James Mellow  

Pen Name: James R. Mellow


Born: Gloucester, Massachusetts

Died: 1997

-- James Mellow on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Mellow graduated from Northwestern University in 1950.

Biographical and Professional Information

James R. Mellow was a writer, editor, art critic, and acclaimed biographer. He wrote a sequence of books that detailed the study of a major episode in American cultural history - ''Charmed Circle: Gertrude Stein & Company'', ''Invented Lives: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald'', and ''Hemingway: A Life Without Consequences''. His biography of Nathanial Hawthorne, won the National Book Award in 1983. Mellow also wrote for ''The New York Times'', ''Architectural Digest'', ''The Washington Post'', ''Gourmet'', and ''Arts'' magazine, among other publications. Before his death in 1997, James Mellow had one unfinished manuscript on the life of American photographer Walker Evans which was published posthumously.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Charmed circle :
ISBN: 0805073515. OCLC Number:

Henry Holt and Co.,. New York :. 2003.

Nathaniel Hawthorne in his times /
ISBN: 0395276020. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1980.

Shows us America's first great writer and his contemporaries as living, breathing people.

Invented lives :
ISBN: 0345329120. OCLC Number:

Ballantine,. New York :. 1986, ©1984.

Hemingway :
ISBN: 0201626209. OCLC Number:

Addison-Wesley,. Reading, Mass. :. 1994.

Walker Evans /
ISBN: 046509077X. OCLC Number:

Basic Books,. New York, NY :. ©1999.

"With unrestricted access to all of Evans's diaries, letters, work logs and contact sheets, as well as to the diaries of Lincoln Kirstein," the author provides a biography of the photographer known for Depression Era photographs of Alabama sharecroppers, as well as a "chronicle of the art of our time."--Jacket.


American Book Award and Guggenheim fellowship in 1983 for

Nathaniel Hawthorne in His Times

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