The University of Chicago Magazine April 1995
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The Writer's Books

Here's a list of the U of C-based fiction noted on the map or in the text:

Wilton Barnhardt, Gospel (1993).

Saul Bellow, X'39, Herzog (1964). Bellow, who taught in the Committee on Social Thought from 1962 until 1993, also uses U of C settings in The Adventures of Augie March (1953) and The Dean's December (1982).

Pearl Buck, Command the Morning (1959).

Laurie Colwin, Goodbye Without Leaving (1990).

Theodore Dreiser, The Titan (1914).

James T. Farrell, X'29, "All Things Are Nothing to Me," in The Short Stories of James T. Farrell (1941) and "The Philosopher," in An Omnibus of Short Stories (1956). The author of the Studs Lonigan trilogy (1932-53), Farrell wrote a number of stories set in Hyde Park.

Edna Ferber, The Girls (1924).

Andrew Greeley, AM'61, PhD'62, Lord of the Dance (1984). Greeley is a research associate at the University-based National Opinion Research Center.

Robert Herrick, Chimes (1926).

James Weber Linn, PhB 1897, Winds Over the Campus (1936). That same year, Linn, who taught English at the University for 40 years, published another novel set at the U of C, This Was Life.

Georg Mann, AB'35, The Dollar Diploma (1960).

Barbara Michaels, Search the Shadows (1987). "Barbara Michaels" is the pseudonym of a College alumna, with a Ph.D. from the Oriental Institute, who also writes under the name of "Elizabeth Peters."

Sue Miller, Family Pictures (1990).

Sara Paretsky, AM'69, MBA'77, PhD'77, Indemnity Only (1982).

Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974).

Philip Roth, AM'55, Letting Go (1962), and Zuckerman Bound (1985). Roth was an instructor in English at the University in the 1950s.

Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, AB'61, AM'63, PhD'66, Falling (1973).

Scott Spencer, Endless Love (1979).

Richard Stern, "Ins and Outs," in Noble Rot (1989). Stern is the University's Helen A. Regenstein professor of English language & literature.

Side Trips

The insider's guide to mysteries with Hyde Park or University backdrops can be found in a new book by Alzina Stone Dale, AM'57. Her Mystery Reader's Walking Guide: Chicago (1995) includes a walk through the University campus and the Hyde Park neighborhood, following the paths of mystery writers and their sleuths.

A new book from the University of Chicago Press--An Unsentimental Education: Writers and Chicago, by Molly McQuade, AB'81-asks 21 leading novelists and poets who have taught or studied at the U of C to reflect on their Chicago experiences. Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, and Richard Stern are among those writers interviewed.

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