J. F. Powers (1917-1999) was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, and studied at Northwestern University while holding a variety of jobs in Chicago and working on his writing. He published his first stories in The Catholic Worker and, as a pacifist, spent thirteen months in prison during World War II. Powers was the author of three collections of short stories and two novels-Morte D'Urban, which won the National Book Award, and Wheat That Springeth Green-all of which have been reissued by New York Review Books. He lived in Ireland and the United States and taught for many years at St John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Katherine A. Powers is a long-time champion of the novels of Raymond Kennedy. She is a freelance book critic and writes a literary column for the Barnes and Noble Review. She is the editor of a forthcoming volume, Suitable Accommodations: The Letters of J. F. Powers, 1942 - 1963. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
"Jim Powers was a great old Irish master who God plopped down in
Minnesota as a joke, a dark wit on the prairie, and he left behind
a small satchel of unforgettable writing." - Garrison Keillor
"There is not a misplaced comma, not a wrong word...Powers set up his sentences to explode at the end, so that there are marvelous little internal combustions going off like firecrackers all over the page." - Donna Tartt, Harpers