Discipline: Literature – fiction

Ben Yagoda

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Swarthmore, PA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Ben Yagoda is the author or editor of 14 books, including About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made, Memoir: A History, Will Rogers: A Biography, and The Sound on the Page: Style and Voice in Writing. He is a widely published journalist, and for 25 years was a professor of journalism at the University of Delaware.

While at MacDowell, he worked on a historical novel about O. Henry in New York from 1902-1905. In 2020, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to embark on this project and the Library of America published an anthology of O. Henry short stories, selected and edited by Yagoda.



Ben Yagoda worked in the Barnard studio.

Originally built near MacDowell's Union Street entrance, the Barnard Studio — which was funded by Barnard College music students — was re-located to its current site in 1910. When the small structure was moved, its size was doubled with the addition of a second room. This remodeling, financed by Mrs. Thomas E. Emery of Cincinnati…

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