John Irving Ades

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General Information

Name: John Irving Ades

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio

Died: November 3, 2011 in Edwardsville, Illinois

Illinois Connection

Ades moved to Edwardsville in 1958 and lived in the area the rest of his life.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Irvine "Jack" Ades was a Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville (SIUE). He was one of the original faculty members at the University. Ades joined the Southwestern Illinois Campus of SIU in 1958 as an instructor of English Language and Literature at the Alton Residence Center, just one year after the university began classes there.

He became an assistant professor in 1963, an associate professor in 1966 and a professor in 1971, and was named chair of the English department the following year. He retired in 1990.

Before joining SIUE, Ades taught freshman English and American Literature at the University of Cincinnati from 1955-58. Before that he was an instructor in literature and poetry at Johns Hopkins and at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Ades earned a bachelor of science in zoology and chemistry in 1949 at the University of Cincinnati, a master's in English the following year at Middlebury College in Vermont, and a doctorate in English at Cincinnati in 1963. He also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Ades also served many years on the advisory board of SIUE's journal, "Papers on Language and Literature." He was the fine arts critic for The Telegraph in Alton for 15 years and was known for his musicianship as a plectrum banjo player in The Old Guys Jazz Band, a popular St. Louis Area band made up of SIUE faculty members.

Published Works

  • The Pizza Plot: And a Few Other Slices from Life , Daniel & Daniel Pub, 1989
  • The Mattress Game, Minerva Press, 1999

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External Links

John Irving Ades on WorldCat


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