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Eric Larsen was born in Northfield, Minnesota, where, after going to the public schools, he graduated from Carleton College in the class of 1963. He took an M.A. in English from the University of Iowa and in 1971 completed his Ph.D. there, with Robert Scholes as one of his faculty advisors. For his dissertation, under the direction of William Cotter Murray, he wrote a volume of original stories accompanied by his own critical commentaries.

In 1971, after living abroad for two years, Larsen joined the English Department of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in the City University of New York, and remained there until his retirement in early 2006. He is married to the editor Anne Larsen. The couple have two grown daughters.

Larsen published stories and essays in quarterlies and magazines throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and in 1988 Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill brought out his novel, An American Memory which became the first winner of the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for year's best novel of or about the middle west.

In 1992, Algonquin published I Am Zoë Handke a novel that complemented and advanced several of An American Memory’s elements and themes. The third in a tetralogy named Late U.S.A. was published in 2008 under the imprint of Progressive Press. It is entitled The End of the 19th Century, and people can buy copies of it by clicking here. Excerpts from the fourth in the tetralogy, The Decline & Fall of the American Nation, are available here.

The subjects of literary and political culture, and of changes in them, have been among Larsen's strongest interests throughout his career, a fact testified to by his fifth book, a non-fiction work published in 2006 and entitled A Nation Gone Blind: America in an Age of Simplification and Deceit.



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