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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

English Professor’s Book Review Featured in The New Yorker

Deacon King Kong

Posted on: Feb. 28, 2020

Jonathan Dee, assistant professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), is featured in the March 2 issue of The New Yorker for his review of the novel Deacon King Kong,” by James McBride. The novel follows a group of characters in the wake of a shooting in a Brooklyn housing project in the 1960’s. Dee is the author of six novels, including “A Thousand Pardons and The Privileges,” which won the St. Francis College Literary Prize and the Prix Fitzgerald and was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. He is a former contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a former Senior Editor of The Paris Review. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.