Paul La Farge

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Paul La Farge wrote novels, short stories and essays which mix genre and ‘literary’ elements, and explore the expressive power of form. He published four novels, a hypertext, and a collection of imaginary dreams.


La Farge is the author of the novels The Night OceanThe Artist of the Missing, Haussmann, or the Distinction, and Luminous Airplanes, which continues as a large Web-based hypertext. He also wrote a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter. His stories and essays appeared in The New YorkerThe New RepublicThe Paris ReviewHarper's, McSweeney’s, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other magazines. He taught previously at Columbia University, Wesleyan University, Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of Leipzig. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and the American Academy in Berlin. La Farge was a visiting faculty member at Bennington in Spring 2015 and returned as faculty from Fall 2020-Fall 2022.