Paul Elliott Russell (* July 1 1956 in Memphis , Tennessee ) is an American author and professor.
Russell studied English until 1978 at Oberlin College and then graduated from the program for English and Creative Writing at Cornell University . After completing his degree (MFA in Creative Writing, 1982, for the short story collection after Mariah and other stories, over Ph.D. in English, 1983, for a dissertation, MA in English, 1982, for the unpublished novel The Longing in Darkness Vladimir Nabokov ), he moved to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie , New York , where he worked as an English teacher and now holds a professorship in English.
Since his school days Russell was active as a writer. He wrote several novels about the life and fate of fictional LGBT Characters. In his novel Sea of Tranquility Russell writes about the family of Astronaut Allen cloud, whose son Jonathan died of AIDS. In the novel The Coming Storm Russell describes the situation at a school between fellow teachers, to which a teacher is gay.
Russell also wrote the non-fiction book The Gay 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Gay Men and Lesbians, Past and Present.
- After Mariah and other stories. Cornell University (MFA Thesis), 1982
- Vladimir Nabokov. The habit of exile. Cornell University (Ph.D. Thesis), 1983
- The Salt Point. Dutton, New York City 1990. ISBN 0-525-24832-3
- Boys of Life. Dutton, New York City in 1991. ISBN 0-525-93327-1
- Sea of Tranquility. Dutton, New York City 1994. ISBN 0-525-93895-8
- The Gay 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Gay Men and Lesbians, Past and Present. Carol Publishing Corporation, Secaucus 1994. ISBN 0806515910
- The Coming Storm. St. Martin's Press, New York, 1999. ISBN 0-312-20514-7
- War Against the Animals. St. Martin's Press, 2003. ISBN 0-312-20935-5
- The Unreal Life of Sergey Vladimirovich Nabokov. Alyson Books, New York 2010. ISBN 978-1-59350-165-5
Creative Writing Mfa Handbook: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students (Revised & Updated)
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Don't be seduced by rankings and reputation. I attended the Writers' Workshop at the University for one year, and I was sorely disappointed with the quality of fellow students, teachers, and the structure of the program. If you do decide to go for your MFA, make sure that the program suits your style and your creative needs. I think that the best asset to an MFA program is the time to focus on your writing and share it with other like-minded people. You really only learn to write by living a life.
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