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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Maxwell Coetzee  

Pen Name: J.M. Coetzee

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1940 in Cape Town, South Africa


Illinois Connection

Coetzee was a member of the Committee on Social Thought, at the University of Chicago, for six years. His tenure ended in 2003.

Biographical and Professional Information

Coetzee entered the University of Cape Town in 1957, and in 1960 and 1961 graduated successively with honours degrees in English and mathematics. He spent the years 1962–65 in England, working as a computer programmer while doing research for a thesis on the English novelist Ford Madox Ford. In 1968 he graduated from the University of Texas with a PhD in English, linguistics, and Germanic Languages. Coetzee's published work consists of fiction, fictionalised autobiographies (which he terms "autrebiography"), and non-fiction.In 2003 he won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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-- *Booker Prize, ''Life and Times of Michael K'' *Booker Prize, ''Disgrace''