J. F. Powers

(b. 1917)

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born and educated in Illinois, first achieved a reputation with his stories of the various lives of the Catholic clergy of the Midwest in Prince of Darkness (1947) and The Presence of Grace (1956). Morte d'Urban (1962), which won a National Book Award, is a novel about the life of Father Urban, a worldly but dedicated worker for his order in modern America. Later stories, many also about priests, and a short play appear in Look How the Fish Live (1975).

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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