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The short story writer James Alan McPherson has died, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his anthology Elbow Room (1978). Born in segregated Savannah, Georgia during segregation, he learned to love reading from comic books, then one day made the leap into new worlds, where words lived on their own without pictures. He went to a historically Black college in Atlanta and got a law degree from Harvard, but enrolled in the Writers’ Workshop at the University of…
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