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John Wheatcroft


  (1925 - )

Nationality:    USA
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John Wheatcroft (born in 1925), informally known as Jack Wheatcroft, is an American writer and former teacher. A novelist, poet, and playwright, Wheatcroft's works have appeared in The New York Times. He was born in 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and served in the United States Navy in World War II. Wheatcroft attended Temple University, Rutgers University, and Bucknell University, where he graduated in 1949. He began teaching in Bucknell's English department in 1949. He founded and directed the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets in 1985 and was the first director of Bucknell's Stadler Center for Poetry. He also served as a juror for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. A professor emeritus since 1996, Wheatcroft has continued to write and be published since his retirement. Wheatcroft's significant writings include the play Ofoti, which was produced for NET Playhouse (now PBS) in 1966 starring Rene Auberjonois, and won the National Educational Television Award for excellence in cultural programming. It was later made into a film, The Boy Who Loved Trolls, in 1984 and starred Sam Waterston. He wrote Catherine, Her Book, creating diary entries of Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights, which is cited in Patsy Stoneman's Brontė Transformations, and Christopher Heywood's version of Wuthering Heights. Catherine, Her Book was placed on The Village Voice's VLS A-List and the New York Times Book Review's Editors' Choices and Notable Books of the Year for 1984. Wheatcroft is mentioned in the 1986 edition of Curt Johnson's Who's who in U.S. Writers, Editors & Poets and his work has been reviewed in the New York Times Book Review and The London Times. He also edited and participated in Our Other Voices: Nine Poets Speaking, a collection of interviews with poets such as Josephine Jacobsen and Wendell Berry.

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A S Barnes 1970   978-0498076800


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