James Alan McPherson

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James Alan McPherson (born September 16, 1943 in Savannah , Georgia - † July 27, 2016 in Iowa City , Iowa ) was an American writer of short stories and essays and recipient of the 1973 Guggenheim Fellowship .

McPherson was the first black man to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1978 for his collection of short stories, Elbow Room . His work has appeared in 27 magazines and seven short story collections. McPherson was a professor of English at the University of Iowa. In 1981 he was a MacArthur Fellow . In 1995 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences .