Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: John McPhee, Writer and Pioneer of Creative Nonfiction

Writing on the Writing Process: A Reading

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

6:00 pm, McCosh 50

John McPhee, author and pioneer of creative non-fiction, will read from several personal history pieces, all relating to the writing process and to Princeton.

John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. Also in 1965, he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and in the years since, he has written nearly 30 books, including Oranges (1967), Coming into the Country (1977), The Control of Nature (1989), The Founding Fish (2002), Uncommon Carriers (2007), and Silk Parachute (2011). Encounters with the Archdruid (1972) and The Curve of Binding Energy (1974) were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. McPhee received the Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977.  In 1999, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Annals of the Former World.  He has taught writing at Princeton since 1974.

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