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Name:    Elkin, Stanley Lawrence
Born/Started:     May. 11, 1930
Died/Ended:     May. 31, 1995
Description:    Stanley Elkin was an award-winning author who lived most of his life in St. Louis. He was born in New York and moved to Chicago three years later. He received bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees at the University of Illinois. Elkin became an English instructor at Washington University in St. Louis in 1960 and a professor in 1969. A member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, he received Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships, the Longview Foundation Award, and the Paris Review Humor Prize. ElkinĀ“s novella, The Bailbondsman, was made into a movie. In 1982 Stanley Elkin won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He and his wife, artist Joan Elkin, lived in University City where they raised three children. After he contracted multiple sclerosis in 1972, disease became a common theme in his work.

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