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Madden, Professor David


Robert Penn Warren Professor of Creative Writing, Louisiana State University
Founding Director of the United States Civil War Center
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1933, David Madden graduated from U-Tenn., served in the Army, earned an M.A. at San Francisco State, and attended Yale Drama School on a John Golden Fellowship. Writer-in-residence at LSU from 1968 to 1992, Director of the Creative Writing Program 1992-1994, Founding Director of the United States Civil War Center 1992-1999, he is now LSU Robert Penn Warren Professor of Creative Writing.

In l961, Random House published his first novel, The Beautiful Greed, based on his Merchant seaman experiences. For Warner Brothers, he adapted his second novel, Cassandra Singing, to the screen (not yet produced). The Shadow Knows, a book of stories, won a National Council on the Arts Award. His second collection, The New Orleans of Possibilities, appeared in 1982. His stories have been reprinted in numerous college textbooks and twice in Best American Short Stories. A Rockefeller Grant, recommended by Robert Penn Warren and Saul Bellow, enabled him to work on his third novel, Bijou, a 1974 Book of the Month Club Alternate Selection. His best-known novel, The Suicide's Wife, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and made into a CBS movie. Sharpshooter: A Novel of the Civil War is his most recent novel. He finished three new novels in the past two years. His poems and short stories have appeared in a wide variety of publications. His plays have won many state and national contests; several have been published. The latest of his eight of literary criticism is Touching the Web of Southern Novelists. He has published essays on major American, British, and French writers and film makers. Among his 10 edited works are: Thomas Wolfe’s Civil War and Loss of the Sultana and Reminiscences of the Survivors. He has also edited 12 innovative textbooks: He is a former assistant editor of The Kenyon Review. He has been writer-in-residence and has given lectures at many conferences and dramatic readings from his fiction at over 100 colleges and universities. David Madden: A Writer for All Genres consists of original essays by scholars and creative writers on Madden’s writings.

Contact Information:
Telephone: (225)344-3630

Mailing Address:
Prof. David Madden
614 Park Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA  70806

Willing to Travel? Yes

Fee for Services? Sometimes