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Norman Rush


Norman Rush was born in 1933 in Oakland. His father was a trade union organiser and California state secretary of the Socialist Party but became a salesman when his son was born. Rush refused to serve in the Korean War and served time in jail for his resistance. While in jail, he wrote a novel but later destroyed it. He took a B.A. from Swarthmore College and then worked first as an antiquarian book dealer and then a teacher. In 1978, he and wife went to Botswana to work for the Peace Corps for five years and his experiences form the basis for his books.

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The writer’s Writer (scroll down to page 30)


1986 Whites (stories)
1991 Mating (novel)
1992 Earth, Stars, and Writers (lectures – with Philip Levine and Orlando Patterson)
2003 Mortals (novel)
2013 Subtle Bodies (novel)