Individual Author Record
Name: Philip GrahamPen Name: None Genre: Born: 1951 in Brooklyn, New York Sites:
Illinois ConnectionGraham resides in Urbana, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationPhilip Graham teaches at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is a co-founder and the current fiction editor of the literary/arts journal Ninth Letter, and is the recipient of three campus teaching awards. He also teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing.Three of his books are available in ebook format The Art of the Knock, How to Read an Unwritten Language and Interior Design.
- The Art of the Knock, Stories, William Morrow & Company, 1985
- Parallel Worlds, An Anthropoligist & A Writer Encounter Africa, Scribner, 1993 - written with Alma Gottlieb
- How to Read an Unwritten Language, Scribner, 1995
- Interior Design Stories, Scribner, 1996
- The Moon, Come to Earth: Dispatches from Lisbon, University of Chicago Press, 2009
- Braided Worlds, University of Chicago Press, 2012 - written with Alma Gottlieb
Titles At Your Library
The Art of the Knock
ISBN: 0688041175 William Morrow & Co. 1984 A salesman develops a special knock to encourage customers to answer their doors, two lonely parents adopt light bulbs, a dead man can't bear to leave his grieving wife, and a couple develops a new language for their family
Parallel Worlds: An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa
ISBN: 0226305066 University of Chicago Press. 1994
This suspenseful and moving memoir of Africa recounts the experiences of Alma Gottlieb, an anthropologist, and Philip Graham, a fiction writer, as they lived in two remote villages in the rain forest of Cote d'Ivoire. With an unusual coupling of first-person narratives, their alternate voices tell a story imbued with sweeping narrative power, humility, and gentle humor. Parallel Worlds is a unique look at Africa, anthropological fieldwork, and the artistic process.
"A remarkable look at a remote society [and] an engaging memoir that testifies to a loving partnership . . . compelling."—James Idema, Chicago Tribune
How to Read an Unwritten Language
ISBN: 0446672785 Grand Central Pub. 1997 Michael Kirby, a sensitive man who collects odd objects to mark the transitions in his life, tries to understand the language of the heart through his relationships to family and lovers. Reprint. NYT.
Interior Design: Stories
ISBN: 0684803720 Scribner. 1996 A collection of stories revolves around the idea that people are fueled by their secret personal worlds--their interior designs--such as the woman who builds a wire model of herself and hides it in her closet. 10,000 first printing.
The Moon, Come to Earth: Dispatches from Lisbon
ISBN: 0226305155 University of Chicago Press. 2009
A dispatch from a foreign land, when crafted by an attentive and skilled writer, can be magical, transmitting pleasure, drama, and seductive strangeness.
A thoughtful, finely wrought celebration of the moment-to-moment excitement of diving deep into another culture and confronting one’s secret selves, The Moon, Come to Earth is literary travel writing of a rare intimacy and immediacy.
ISBN: 0226305287 University of Chicago Press. 2012
In a compelling mix of literary narrative and ethnography, anthropologist Alma Gottlieb and writer Philip Graham continue the long journey of cultural engagement with the Beng people of Côte d’Ivoire that they first recounted in their award-winning memoir Parallel Worlds. Their commitment over the span of several decades has lent them a rare insight. Braiding their own stories with those of the villagers of Asagbé and Kosangbé, Gottlieb and Graham take turns recounting a host of unexpected dramas with these West African villages, prompting serious questions about the fraught nature of cultural contact.
Through events such as a religious leader’s declaration that the authors’ six-year-old son, Nathaniel, is the reincarnation of a revered ancestor, or Graham’s late father being accepted into the Beng afterlife, or the increasing, sometimes dangerous madness of a villager, the authors are forced to reconcile their anthropological and literary gaze with the deepest parts of their personal lives. Along with these intimate dramas, they follow the Beng from times of peace through the times of tragedy that led to Côte d’Ivoire’s recent civil conflicts. From these and many other interweaving narratives—and with the combined strengths of an anthropologist and a literary writer—Braided Worlds examines the impact of postcolonialism, race, and global inequity at the same time that it chronicles a living, breathing village community where two very different worlds meet.