Alan Cheuse


Birthday January 23, 1940

Birth Sign Aquarius

Birthplace New Jersey

DEATH DATE Jul 31, 2015 (75)

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An American novelist, short fiction writer, and literary critic, he is best known for such works as To Catch the Lightning (2009) and Song of Slaves in the Desert (2011). He was a frequent contributor to such major publications as The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and the Antioch Review.

Before Fame

He received his PhD in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University in 1974. He later taught at Bennington College, the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan, and George Mason University.


He regularly reviewed books for the popular National Public Radio program, All Things Considered.

Family Life

He was born to a Jewish family of Romanian and Russian descent. He grew up in New Jersey.

Associated With

He contributed to NPR's All Things Considered, a program that was once hosted by Liane Hansen.