New Orleans, Louisiana
32 at time of award

Joanna Scott is the author of seven novels and a collection of short stories.

In highly textured and analytical prose, Scott’s insights touch on the origins of modern sensibility.  Her first novel, Fading, My Parmacheene Belle (1987), portrays an aged man coming to terms with the death of his wife after more than fifty years of marriage.  In Arrogance (1990), she takes as her subject the life of the Austrian expressionist painter, Egon Schiele, capturing Schiele’s character and probing the sources of his creativity.  A later work, The Manikin (1996), is set on a remote estate in western New York State in the 1920s, and considers the consequences of chosen and imposed isolation.  Her collection of short fiction, Various Antidotes (1994), draws from the history of medical research.  She is also the author of The Closest Possible Union (1988), Make Believe (2000), Tourmaline (2002), and Liberation (2005).  Her fiction and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Paris Review, Harper’s, Esquire, Conjunctions, and The Southern Review.

Scott is the Roswell S. Burrows Professor in the Department of English at the University of Rochester.

Scott received a B.A. (1983) from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and an M.A. (1985) from Brown University.

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