John J. Clayton
JOHN J. CLAYTON's fourth novel, Mitzvah Man, was published in 2011. It recently received the Bronze Award from the Book of the Year Awards in Literary Adult Fiction. A new collection of stories, Many Seconds into the Future, was published, spring 2014. Wrestling with Angels: New and Collected Stories has recently been republished. Clayton's stories have appeared a dozen times in Commentary, also in Missouri Review, AGNI, Virginia Quarterly Review, TriQuarterly, Mass Revierew, Sewanee Review, Georgia Review, etc., and have won inclusion in O.Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. His story collection Radiance won the Ohio State University award in short fiction and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. "The Man Who Could See Radiance" was read at Symphony Space in New York and has been aired often on NPR as part of the Selected Shorts series. He has written a good deal about modern fiction, including Saul Bellow: In Defense of Man and Gestures of Healing, a psychological study of modern British and American fiction.
Clayton was born and grew up in New York City. He got his B.A. at Columbia College, his M.A. at N.Y.U., his PhD in modern literature at Indiana University. He taught for five years at Boston University; the next thirty he was Professor in the English Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Since 2000 he's taught part-time at Umass, at Mt. Holyoke College, and at Hampshire College. But most of his time has been spent writing fiction. He lives with his wife, Sharon Dunn, just outside Amherst, Massachusetts.
Clayton has edited six editions of an anthology, the Heath Introduction to Fiction. He has also written a good deal about modern fiction, including Gestures of Healing, a psycho-logical study of modern British and American fiction. His Saul Bellow: In Defense of Man won awards (Choice, MLA) in literary criticism. He has published criticism on various twentieth century writers including D. H. Lawrence, E. L. Doctorow, and Grace Paley. His feature articles have appeared in both Jewish and mainstream newspapers.