Paul Elliott Russell - Wikipedia

Posted on May 12, 2023 – 02:04 am
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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after Mariah and other stories, over Ph.D. in English, 1983, for a dissertation, MA in English, 1982, for the unpublished novel The Longing in Darkness Vladimir Nabokov ), he moved to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie , New York , where he worked as an English teacher and now holds a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


If you are checking out MFA programs,

2008-06-20 22:19:38 by jlgwriter

You really should visit the Speakeasy Forum at Poets & Writers:
The MFA forum is loaded with useful information about programs all over the country.
As for teaching writing-- At the college level, you need at least an MFA in Creative Writing AND some significant publications (books, short fiction in respected lit mags, etc.). If you want to teach writing at the high school level, an MA in English or an MFA in Writing are both sufficient.
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