Andre Dubus was a writer of novels, novellas, and short stories about the disjointed human experiences that typify and trouble America—love and divorce, adolescence and maturity, tenderness and violence.
His work is characterized by its clarity, elegance, and a compassionate sense of humanity. Dubus was the author of two novels, The Lieutenant (1967) and Voices from the Moon (1984). His short story collections include Separate Flights (1975), Adultery and Other Choices (1977), Finding a Girl in America (1980), The Times Are Never So Bad (1983), The Last Worthless Evening (1986), Selected Stories (1988), Dancing After Hours (1996), and In the Bedroom (2002). He also published two books of essays, Broken Vessels (1991) and Meditations from a Movable Chair (1998). His stories have been published in numerous anthologies and journals, includingthe Sewanee Review, the New Yorker, and Ploughshares.
An independent writer, Dubus taught at Bradford College in Bradford, Massachusetts (1966-1984). He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1985), the O. Henry Award (1980, 1988, 1997), the Schaeffer-PEN New England Award for Literary Distinction (1987), and the Rea Award (1996) for contributions to the short story genre.
Dubus received a B.A. (1958) from McNeese State College and an M.F.A. (1966) from the University of Iowa.