Writers in Residence - Spring Quarter 1996
Mr. Feiffer taught "The Art of Fiction: Humor and Truth"
Just what hasn't Jules Feiffer done? He is perhaps best known for his cartoons, which have been a part of the American cultural landscape for nearly a half century. His work has appeared in The Village Voice, Playboy, and The Observerto. Mr. Feiffer won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1986. He has recently published a number of children's books, among them The Man in the Ceiling, A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears, Meanwhile..., and I Lost My Bear. Mr. Feiffer's screenplays include the controversial 1971 hit Carnal Knowledge, Popeye(1980), and I Want To Go Home (Best Screenplay, Venice Film Festival, 1989). He has also written a number of novels, including Ackroyd and Harry, The Rat with Women. Jules Feiffer is also a successful playwright; his plays include Little Murders (Obie Award, 1967), Anthony Rose, Elliot Loves and Knock, Knock! While teaching at the Center for the Writing Arts, Mr. Feiffer collaborated with the NU Theater department in their production of Knock, Knock!
Mr. Heinemann taught "The Art of Fiction: A Writer's Workshop"
Larry Heinemann's first novel, Close Quarters (1977), has been hailed as the seminal work to come out of the Vietnam War. The Houston Chronicle called it "the best work of fiction to come out of the war"; John Blades of The Chicago Tribune wrote that "it can stand with the finest Vietnam writing, fact or fiction." Paco's Story (1987), Mr. Heinemann's second novel, deals with the struggle of a young veteran to adjust to civilian life after a massive offensive left him the shattered sole survivor in Alpha company. Paco's Story was honored with the National Book Award, the Carl Sandburg Literary Arts Award, and the Vietnam Veterans of America Tu Do Chinh Kien ("Freedom to Express") Award.
Mr. Heinemann's third novel, Cooler by the Lake, was published in 1992. His short stories and non-fiction have appeared in Harper's, Playboy, Penthouse, and Tri-Quarterly. Translations of his fiction have appeared in Dutch, German, French, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Larry Heinemann served a tour of duty as a combat infantryman in Vietnam with the 25th Division in 1967-68.