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Curtis Arthur Harnack, American freelance writer. Recipient Champion of the Arts New York Foundation for the Arts, 1987; Guggenheim fellow, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency grantee, Camargo Foundation residency grantee, 1987.


Harnack, Curtis Arthur was born on June 27, 1927 in LeMars, Iowa, United States. Son of Henry and Caroline (Lang) Harnack.


Bachelor, Grinnell College, Iowa, 1949. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1950. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Westmar College, 1978.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Grinnell College, Iowa, 1986.


Documents collator, United Nations Library, New York City, 1951-1952; instructor English, Grinnell College, Iowa., 1952-1956; admissions counselor, Grinnell College, 1953-1954; lecturer graduate school, U. Iowa Writers Workshop, 1959-1960; lecturer, U. Iowa Writers Workshop, Iowa City, 1957-1958; Fulbright professor American Literature, U. Tabriz, Iran, 1958-1959; literature faculty, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, 1960-1971; executive director, Corporation of Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1971-1986; president, Corporation of Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, 1986-1987; freelance writer, since 1987. Visiting Professor of English, Williams College, 1988. Vice president Hand Hollow Foundation, East Chatham, New York, since 1979.

Director The Fund for Artists Colonies, New York City, 1979-1987. Chairman fiction panel National Book Awards, 1991.



President School American Ballet, since 1992. Served with United States Navy, 1945-1946. Member Writers Guild East, The Dramatists Guild, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, The Authors Guild.

Clubs: The Century Association (New York City).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: fishing, gardening, swimming.


Married Jane Slichter, August 3l, 1951 (divorced 1957). Married Hortense Calisher, March 23, 1959.

Henry Harnack

Caroline (Lang) Harnack

Jane Slichter

Hortense Calisher