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- I'm the author of major biographies of writers Richard Yates and John Cheever. The latter won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Parkman Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer.
- University of New Orleans,
- Tulane University,
- American and English literature
- (2013). FARTHER & WILDER: THE LOST WEEKENDS AND LITERARY DREAMS OF CHARLES JACKSON. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.
- (2009). CHEEVER: A LIFE. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.
- (2003). A TRAGIC HONESTY: THE LIFE AND WORK OF RICHARD YATES. New York, NY: Picador.
- (1992). THE SIXTIES. New York, NY: Bantam Doubleday Dell.
- 2010: Academy Award in Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters
- 2010: Francis Parkman Prize, Society of American Historians
- 2010: Pulitzer Finalist, Columbia University
- 2010: National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Critics Circle