B.A., University of Pennsylvania, M.A. in area studies from the Institute for United State Studies at the University of London. He is currently at work on a non-fiction book, The Bondage Hypothesis: Meditations on Race and History, and a novel in stories, Raystown.
The Chaneysville Incident, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award (Harper and Row Publishers, 1981)
South Street (Grossman Publishers, 1975)
He has published literary (as opposed to scholarly) essays on Jean Toomer, Richard Wright, Herman Melville, William Melvin Kelley and Alice Walker, and has published articles in Esquire, Redbook, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice and other periodicals.
Honors & Awards
National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for creative non-fiction (1991)
Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction (1989)
Academy Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1982)
PEN/Faulkner Award (1982)