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General Information

Name:  Mark Costello  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Decatur, Illinois

-- Mark Costello on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Costello was born in Decatur and attended St. Theresa's High School. He graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and went on to teach creative writing and become professor emeritus of English there.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mark Costello taught at the University of Illinois-Urbana as a creative writing instructor from 1972 - 2002, and served as a visiting writer at many universities and college. He has held the Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and is a recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and of five grants from the Illinois Arts Council. He has served as a visiting writer at many colleges and universities, including Dartmouth College, the University of Chicago, the University of Iowa and Northwestern University.Costello's work has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies, including ''The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction'', ''The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction'', and ''Best American Short Stories''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Murphy Stories (Illinois Short Fiction)
ISBN: 0252003098

University of Illinois Press. 1973


Middle Murphy (Sunsinger Books Illinois Short)
ISBN: 0252063198

University of Illinois Press. 1993

These stories mark the return of Mark Costello's now-legendary creation Michael Murphy, the character who first appeared in the acclaimed collection The Murphy Stories. Joyce Carol Oates wrote in the Washington Post Book World, "Murphy is a Midwestern cousin of Donleavy's Ginger Man, but much more human and troubled. . . . It is a remarkable achievement, the presentation of a complex, suffering, self-conscious, and very lyric personality as he endures his own being."


St. Lawrence Award for Fiction for ''The Murphy Stories''.

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