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Vance Bourjaily

novelist

Vance Bourjaily, American novelist. Recipient Academy Award in literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1993. Member campaign staff Hughes for Senate, 1968. Served with American Field Service, 1942-1944; Served with Army of the United States, 1944-1946.

Background

BOURJAILY, Vance was born on September 17, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Son of Monte Ferris and Barbara Webb Bourjaily.

Education

AB, Bowdoin College, 1947. Doctor of Letters, Bowdoin College, 1993.

Career

Newspaperman, television dramatist, playwright, lecturer. Professor University Arizona, University Iowa Writers Workshop, 1958-1980. Co-founder, editor Discovery, 1951-1953.

Cultural mission to South America auspices United States Department State, 1959, 73. Boyd professor Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1985—2010. Distinguished visiting professor Oregon State University, summer 1968.

Visiting professor University Arizona, 1977-1978.

Works

Membership

Member campaign staff Hughes for Senate, 1968. Served with American Field Service, 1942-1944. Served with Army of the United States, 1944-1946.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Politics, mycology, conservation.

Connections

Married Bettina Yensen, 1946 (divorced). Children: Anna (deceased), Philip, Robin. Married Yasmin Mogul, 1985.

1 child, Omar.

father:
Monte Ferris

mother:
Barbara Webb Bourjaily

spouses:
Bettina Yensen

Yasmin Mogul