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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John J. Stephan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1941 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Born in Chicago. During 1941-1951 and in 1953, Stephan spent summers at Hazelwood, the Walgreen estate in Dixon, Lee County. Stephan is the grandson of Charles R. Walgreen (1873-1939) and Myrtle Norton Walgreen (1879-1971).

Biographical and Professional Information

John J. Stephan is the son of Illinois-born artist John Walter Stephan (1906-1995) and Illinois-born poet, novelist, editor Ruth Stephan [nee Ruth Walgreen] (1910-1974). He was raised in New York, Rome [Italy], Tucson, and Greenwich [Connecticut]. He attended Harvard (B.A. 1963, M.A. 1964) and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (PhD 1969). From 1970 until 2001, he taught Japanese and Russian history at University of Hawaii, with visiting appointments at Stanford, Oxford, Tufts, Waseda University [Tokyo], and the University of Hokkaido. His books have been translated into Russian, Chinese, and Japanese. He is currently Professor Emeritus of History and lives in Honolulu.

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-- *1971, Outstanding Academic Book, America Library Association [Sakhalin] *1973, Japan Culture Translation Prize [Sakhalin] *1996, Kenneth W. Baldwin Prize, Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History [The Russian Far East]