James McConkey

(b. 1921)

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Ohio-born professor of English at Cornell (1956–) and author whose novels include Crossroads (1968), subtitled an “autobiographical novel” that in fragmented fictionized sketches presents moments of experience from boyhood on; A Journey to Sakhalin (1971), treating violent racial conflict on a campus like Cornell, its title alluding to a Russian concentration camp once visited by Chekhov; and The Tree House Confessions (1979), about a 50-year-old man remembering his past while visiting the tree house he once built for his now dead son. Court of Memory (1983) contains two series of meditative memoirs, the first published as Crossroads.

Subjects: Literature.

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