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John Edgar Wideman

Asa Messer Professor and Professor of Africana Studies and Literary Arts

John Edgar Wideman is Asa Messer Professor and Professor of Africana Studies and Literary Arts. Wideman is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the O. Henry Award, the American Book Award for Fiction, the Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He was the first individual to win the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction twice. His articles on Malcolm X, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Michael Jordan, Emmett Till, and Thelonius Monk have appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue, Esquire, Emerge, and the New York Times Magazine. Wideman is also subject of the text, Conversations with John Edgar Wideman, a collection of nineteen interviews spanning three decades.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • American Book Award
  • Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
  • James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction
  • MacArthur Fellowship
  • O'Henry Prize
  • National Book Award Finalist
  • Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction
  • Rea Award

Selected Publications


  • Briefs
  • Fanon: A Novel
  • God's Gym
  • A Glance Away
  • Two Cities
  • Hurry Home
  • The Lynchers
  • Hiding Place
  • Sent for You Yesterday
  • Philadelphia Fire
  • The Cattle Killing
  • Brothers and Keepers
  • Fatheralong: A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society

Work in Progress

  • The Till Project


  • Roots of African American Literature
  • Advanced Fiction
  • Graduate Fiction Workshop