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An Author of History and Creative Non-fiction

James Goodman’s very first book, Stories of Scottsboro, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  His second and third books, Blackout and But Where Is the Lamb? Imagining the Story of Abraham and Isaac, have also been critically acclaimed.

Goodman believes all writing is creative writing.  His passion as a writer of history and creative non-fiction, as a teacher of history and creative writing, and as the U.S. editor of Rethinking History, has been to take form as seriously as it is taken by his colleagues who write short stories, novels, and poems. Stories of Scottsboro is a narrative history of the Scottsboro Case and controversy written from many different points of view. Blackout is a quick-cutting, kaleidoscopic recreation of the “bad blackout,” the New York City blackout of July 1977.  In Rethinking History, he publishes historians, scholars in other fields, creative writers, and graphic artists who are all struggling to find the forms to do their subjects the most justice. 

In 2011-12, Goodman was the Faculty of Arts and Sciences-Newark’s Hosford Scholar. In 2005, he received the Rutgers University Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research. He has been a fellow of Princeton University’s Shelby Cullom Davis Center and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is a member of the Society of American Historians. 

His fields of expertise include creative non-fiction, race relations and politics in the U.S., the writing of history, modern U.S. history and popular historiography, history as literature, and literature as history.  

He holds appointments in the history department, the MFA Program in Creative Writing, and the Graduate Program in American Studies.

Links: http://www.ncas.rutgers.edu/james-goodman