Letters • James Alan McPherson
James Alan McPherson (1943–2016) was the first African American writer to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which he was awarded in 1978 for his collection Elbow Room (Atlantic Monthly). He was also the author of a second collection, Hue and Cry (Ecco), as well as the memoir Crabcakes and the essay collection A Region Not Home (both Simon and Schuster).
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