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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gerald Duff  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1938 in Beaumont, Texas


Illinois Connection

Duff lives in Lebanon, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to writing fiction, poetry, and scholarly works, Gerald Duff has taught literature and writing at Vanderbilt University, Kenyon College, Rhodes College, and Johns Hopkins University. He has published eleven books, including ''Indian Giver'', finalist for the Great Lakes Colleges Association First Novel Award, and ''Fire Ants'', which was a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Award for the 2007 Best Book of Fiction. His other books of fiction and poetry have won the St. Andrews Prize for Poetry and the Cohen Award for Fiction, and have been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Texas Institute for Letters Award, the University of Michigan Literary Fiction Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Prize.

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Titles At Your Library


-- Cohen Prize for Fiction from ''Ploughshares'' and the St. Andrews Prize for Poetry Award of Merit by the Philosophical Society of Texas in 2013 and the best novel about Texas published in 2011 for ''Blue Sabine''