James Wilcox

James  Wilcox 

MacCurdy Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): Yale University
Phone: (225) 578-3177

E-mail: jwilcox1@lsu.edu

Office: 213C Allen Hall

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Biography

After graduating from Yale in 1971, James Wilcox worked at Random House and Doubleday in New York. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker and Avenue—and he has published nine novels, including Modern Baptists, which was included in Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon. In 1986 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Wilcox’s book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, and Elle. He has been a judge for the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for the best first-published book of fiction by an American writer published in 1991; for the 1994 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award; for the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society novella contest in 1999; and for the Eudora Welty Prize for Fiction given by The Southern Review in 2005. He was the recipient an ATLAS grant for 2007-08. LSU recognized him as the 2008 Distinguished Research Master of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences. In 2009 he won an LSU Distinguished Faculty Award. In 2010 he was appointed to the MacCurdy Distinguished Professorship in English. He was the recipient of the Louisiana Writer Award for 2011.

Selected Publications

Novels: 

Modern Baptists

        The Dial Press, NY, 1983
        Penguin, Contemporary American Fiction Series, NY, 1984
        The Alison Press/Secker & Warburg, London , 1984
        King Penguin , England , 1985
        Perennial Library, NY, 1990
        Fourth Estate, Ltd., London , 1996
        Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Co., Boston , NY , 1999
        Penguin Modern Classics, London , 2006
        Louisiana State University Press, 2006

North Gladiola

        Harper & Row, NY, 1985
        The Alison Press/Secker & Warburg, London , 1985
        Perennial Library, NY, 1986
        Paladin/Grafton Books, London , 1987
        Fourth Estate, Ltd., London , 1997
        Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge , 2000

Miss Undine's Living Room

        Harper & Row, NY, 1987
        The Alison Press/Secker & Warburg, London , 1987
        Perennial Library, NY, 1988
        Fourth Estate, Ltd., London , 1996
        Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge , 2001

Sort of Rich

        Harper & Row, NY, 1989
        Perennial Library, NY, 1990
        The Alison Press/Secker & Warburg, London , 1990
        Fourth Estate, Ltd., London , 1998
        Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Co., Boston , NY , 1999

Polite Sex

        HarperCollins , NY , 1991
        Perennial Library, NY, 1993
        Fourth Estate, Ltd., London , 1996
        Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Co., Boston , NY , 1999

Guest of a Sinner

        HarperCollins , NY , 1993
        Perennial Library, NY, 1995
        Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge , 2004

Plain and Normal

        Little, Brown and Co., Boston , NY , 1998
        Fourth Estate, Ltd., London , 1998
        Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Co., Boston , NY , 1999
        Ma'ariv Book Guild (Hebrew translation by Miki Goren), Or Yehuda, Israel , 2002

Heavenly Days

        Viking, New York , NY , 2003
        Penguin Books, 2004

Hunk City

        Viking, New York , NY , 2007
        Penguin Books, New York , NY , 2008

Short stories:

"Mr. Ray" The New Yorker , Jan. 26, 1981

"Camping Out" The New Yorker , Dec. 14, 1981 ; included in Wide Awake in the Pelican State: Stories by 

        Contemporary Louisiana Writers , ed. by Ann Brewster Dobie, With a Forward by Ernest J. Gaines, LSU 

        Press, Baton Rouge, 2006

"Seventy Times Seven" Avenue , May, 1982 "The Ivy in the Chimney" The New Yorker , Jan. 6, 1986

Courses Taught

7006 Fiction Writing
7106 Forms of Prose Fiction
7920 Literature and Publishing
4105 Capstone Seminar in Writing Fiction
4005 Short Story Writing
4000 Literature and Publishing (for undergraduates)

 

Curriculum Vitae