Michael Knight, a professor in the Department of English, is publishing his latest novel, The Typist, this month. The novel is about a typist for General Douglas MacArthur, immediately after World War II, when MacArthur led the Occupational Forces in Japan. The novel is being published on August 14, V-J day.
According to Booklist, “Knight cunningly details the confluence of the boredom of American soldiers and the economic plight of the post-bombing Japanese. Two cultures collide and gross exploitation occurs, but Knight is still able to craft heartfelt relationships amid the confusion. Such novels as this one—fiction, yes, but rooted in actual history—help contemporary readers make sense of the mayhem and heroism of WWII.”
Knight, the former director of the UT Knoxville’s creative writing program, has won several awards for his fiction, including the New Writing Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Special Citation, and the Henfield Foundation Award for Fiction. He received his MFA from the University of Virginia.
The Typist (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010)
The Holiday Season (Grove Press, 2007)
Goodnight, Nobody (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003)
Divining Rod (Dutton, 1998)
Dogfight & Other Stories (Plume, 1998)
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