Alan Cheuse was an American writer and critic. He studied at Rutgers University and taught at Bennington College, Sewanee, the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan, and George Mason University. His short fiction was widely published, and he authored several books including Paradise, Or, Eat Your Face and Song of Slaves in the Desert. He was a regular book reviewer for the NPR program All Things Considered.
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