Alice McDermott

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Alice McDermott
Alice McDermott visiting Barnes & Noble in New York.
Born June 27, 1953
United States
Occupation novelist, Essayist
Nationality American
Genre Literary fiction

Alice McDermott (born June 27, 1953) is an American writer and university professor. For her 1998 novel Charming Billy she won an American Book Award[1] and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.[2]

McDermott is Johns Hopkins University's Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities.


McDermott was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended St. Boniface School in Elmont, New York, on Long Island (1967), Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead (1971), and the State University of New York at Oswego, receiving her BA in 1975, and received her MA from the University of New Hampshire in 1978.

She has taught at UCSD and American University, has been a writer-in-residence at Lynchburg College and Hollins College in Virginia, and was lecturer in English at the University of New Hampshire. Her short stories have appeared in Ms., Redbook, Mademoiselle, The New Yorker and Seventeen. She has also published articles in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Ms. McDermott lives outside Washington, D.C. with her husband, a neuroscientist, and three children. She is Catholic, though she once deemed herself "not a very good Catholic."[3]

Awards and honors


  • After This. Random House Publishing Group. 2006. ISBN 978-0-440-33730-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>; reprint 25 September 2007
  • Someone: A Novel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 10 September 2013. ISBN 978-0-374-28109-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • "These Short, Dark Days." The New Yorker. 24 Aug. 2015: 58-65. Print.


  1. 1.0 1.1 American Booksellers Association (2013). "The American Book Awards / Before Columbus Foundation [1980–2012]". BookWeb. Archived from the original on March 13, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 1999 [...] Charming Billy, Alice McDermott Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "National Book Awards – 1998". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
    (With essays by Alice Elliott Dark and Katie McDonough from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
  3. Boston College Magazine article by her
  4. "National Book Awards – 1987". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Fiction". Past winners & finalists by category. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
  6. Kirsten Reach (January 14, 2014). "NBCC finalists announced". Melville House Books. Retrieved January 14, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalists."

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