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McPhee, John A(ngus) (1931- ).

writer. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, and educated at Princeton, McPhee worked as an editor for Time magazine before becoming a staff writer for <IR> THE NEW YORKER </IR> . Since that time he has developed into one of America's finest writers of precise, lucid expository prose, a master at involving readers in his fascination with a wide range of earthly phenomena. Most of his work appears first in the pages of The New Yorker, shortly after in book form. His titles include Oranges (1967); The Pine Barrens (1968), about an unspoiled area of New Jersey; Encounters with the Archdruid (1972); The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed (1973), about experimental aircraft; The Curve of Binding Energy (1974), about the atomic bomb; The Survival of the Bark Canoe (1975), about a contemporary craftsman; Coming into the Country (1977), a masterful study of Alaska; A Roomful of Hovings (1979); Giving Good Weight (1980); Basin and Range (1981); In Suspect Terrain (1983); La Place de la Concorde Suisse (1984); Rising from the Plains (1986); and Looking for a Ship (1990), the story of McPhee's voyage with the U.S. Merchant Marine.

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature
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Date:Jan 1, 1991
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