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Jay Parini

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Jay Parini is an American writer and academic. He is known for novels and poetry, biography and criticism.

He was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania, and brought up in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Lafayette College in 1970. He was awarded a doctorate by the University of St. Andrews in 1975. He taught at Dartmouth College from 1975 to 1982. He has taught at Middlebury College since 1982. He is married to the writer and psychologist Devon Jersild. They have three sons.

He is a regular contributor to various journals and newspapers, including The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Guardian (U.K.). In 1976, he co-founded New England Review with Sydney Lea. In 2005, he was appointed literary executor for author Gore Vidal.

Genres: Historical
Jay Parini recommends
Winter In The Heart (1993)
(Hemlock County, book 2)
David Poyer
"... in the grand tradition of American Fiction."
Waiting for Robert Capa (2011)
Susana Fortes
"Love and war prove an irresistible combination in this intensely poetic novel."
All Waiting Is Long (2016)
(Morgan Sisters , book 2)
Barbara J Taylor
"This is a lyrical passionate novel that will hold readers in its thrall."
Radio Free Vermont (2017)
Bill McKibben
"What a delicious pleasure to read Radio Free Vermont - a weird and utterly joyous if sometimes hair-raising romp through the dark Wonderland of life under Trump. Bill McKibben is a brilliant storyteller, and I love this book, which is balm for our troubled times."

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