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Denis Johnson (1949–2017)

Author of Jesus' Son: Stories

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Denis Johnson was born in Munich, Germany on July 1, 1949. He received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of Iowa. He published his first book of poetry, The Man Among the Seals, at the age of 19. However, addictions to alcohol and drugs derailed him and he was in a psychiatric ward at the age of 21. He was sober by the early 1980s. Along with writing several volumes of poetry, Johnson wrote short stories for The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. His novels included Angels, Jesus' Son, Resuscitation of a Hanged Man, Already Dead, Nobody Move, Train Dreams, and The Laughing Monsters. He won the National Book Award in 2007 for Tree of Smoke. He also received the Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts, the Robert Frost Award, and the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. He died of liver cancer on May 24, 2017 at the age of 67. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Jesus' Son: Stories… (more)
Jesus' Son: Stories 2,756 copies, 79 reviews
Tree of Smoke 2,352 copies, 73 reviews
Train Dreams 1,555 copies, 110 reviews
Nobody Move 719 copies, 55 reviews
Angels 687 copies, 18 reviews
Already Dead: A California Gothic 670 copies, 12 reviews
Fiskadoro 541 copies, 7 reviews
The Name of the World 488 copies, 6 reviews
The Laughing Monsters 415 copies, 20 reviews
Resuscitation of a Hanged Man 339 copies, 4 reviews
The Stars at Noon 237 copies, 3 reviews
The Incognito Lounge 87 copies, 4 reviews
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (Contributor) 1,212 copies, 9 reviews
My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead (Contributor) 747 copies, 20 reviews
Fat City (Introduction, some editions) 464 copies, 17 reviews
McSweeney's Issue 16 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (Contributor) 442 copies, 4 reviews
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 (Contributor) 359 copies, 9 reviews
The Best American Short Stories 1992 (Contributor) 216 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Short Stories 1990 (Contributor) 215 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2015 (Contributor) 213 copies, 3 reviews
The New Granta Book of the American Short Story (Contributor) 202 copies, 1 review
Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction (Contributor) 183 copies, 4 reviews
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2003 (Contributor) 138 copies, 1 review
The Haunting [1963 film] (Associate producer, some editions) 75 copies, 3 reviews
Do Me: Sex Tales from Tin House (Contributor) 38 copies, 1 review
The Paris Review 167 2003 Fall (Contributor) 12 copies
4 Poets (Contributor) 4 copies
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