John Edgar Wideman

John Edgar Wideman ( born June 14, 1941 in Washington, DC) is an American writer. He was honored in 2011 for his life's work with the Anisfield - Wolf Book Award.


Wideman grew up in Homewood and Shadyside, Pittsburgh, in the State of Pennsylvania, and many of his novels and short stories are set in the black district of Homewood in the eastern part of the city. He is the second African American by Alain Locke, who was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, which enabled him to study at the University of Oxford in England, where he studied from 1963 to 1966 and dealt with the English literature of the 18th century.

Wideman has received numerous awards during his career as a writer. He is also the first writer who has won the PEN / Faulkner Award twice: in 1984 for Sent for You Yesterday ( 1983) and 1991 for Philadelphia Fire ( 1990). In 1993 he was MacArthur Fellow.

Wideman has taught literature at several universities: the University of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He currently teaches at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Iceland, creative writing. Wideman is married for the second time and has three children from his first marriage. His daughter, Jamila played in the newly created WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association) basketball professionally. Wideman himself was in college in the USA and England a very successful player. His brother Robert became a life sentence in 1978 for robbery and being an accomplice to murder, as well Wide Mans younger son Jacob, who was sentenced in 1988 for his two years earlier, committed at the age of 16 years murder. Wideman has discussed these events in various novels and short stories. In his most successful, autobiographical book Brothers and Keepers Wideman treated his relationship with his much younger brother Robert, whose fate contrasts so strongly with Wide Mans successes.



  • A Glance Away, 1967.
  • Hurry Home, 1970.
  • The Lynchers, 1973.
  • Hiding Place, 1981.
  • Sent for You Yesterday, 1983.
  • Reuben, 1987.
  • Philadelphia Fire, 1990.
  • The Cattle Killing, German Black Blood, 1996.
  • Two Cities, dt heaven under the feet, 1998.
  • Fanon, 2008

Short stories

  • Damballah, 1981.
  • Fever, 1989.
  • The Stories of John Edgar Wideman, 1992.
  • God 's Gym, 2005.

Memoirs and non-fiction

  • Brothers and Keepers, German brother and guardian 1984.
  • Father Along: A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society, 1994.

Awards and honors

  • Author
  • Literature ( 20th century)
  • Literature ( English )
  • Honorary Doctor of the University of Bern
  • Americans
  • Born in 1941
  • Man