John Crowley

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Senior Lecturer in English, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing - Retired

John Crowley is the author of ten novels and three collections of short fiction. His first published novels were science fiction: The Deep (1975) and Beasts (1976). Engine Summer (1977) was nominated for The American Book Award; it appears in David Pringle’s authoritative 100 Best Science Fiction NovelsLittle, Big (1980) won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel; Ursula LeGuin described as a book which “all by itself calls for a redefinition of fantasy.” In 1980 Crowley embarked on a multi-volume novel called ÆgyptThe Solitudes, Love & Sleep, Dæmonomania, and Endless Things. This series and  Little, Big were cited when Crowley received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature.  His recent novels are The Translator, recipient of the Premio Flaianno (Italy), Lord Byron’s Novel:The Evening Land, which contains an entire imaginary novel by the poet; and Four Freedoms.  He has won the Lifetime Achievement Award of the World Fantasy Convention.

Crowley’s short fiction is collected in three volumes: Novelty (containing the World Fantasy Award-winning novella “Great Work of Time”), Antiquities, and Novelties & Souvenirs, an omnibus volume containing almost all his short fiction.  A volume of essays and criticism, In Other Words, appeared in 2006.

Crowley has also worked in films and television and written scripts for historical documentaries, many for Public Television; his work has received numerous awards and has been shown at the New York Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, and many others. His scripts include The World of Tomorrow (the 1939 World’s Fair), No Place to Hide (the bomb shelter obsession), The Hindenburg (for HBO), FIT: Episodes in the History of the Body (American fitness practices and beliefs over the decades; with Laurie Block), and Becoming Helen Keller (biography, with Block).  He has been a contributing editor for Harper’s magazine, and his essays and reviews have appeared in The Boston Review, the Yale Review, Conjunctions, Tin House, Lapham’s Quarterly, and other venues.


Writing for Film: Voice and Vision, Fantasy Writing, Science Fiction, and Related Genres, Intermediate Fiction, Introduction to Fiction Writing