Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

James McAuley

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Paris, FRANCE
MacDowell fellowships: 2023

James McAuley is the author of The House of Fragile Things, which won the 2022 National Jewish Book Award in history. He is a journalist and former Paris correspondent for The Washington Post as well as a contributor to The New York Review of Books and other publications. He holds a Ph.D. in French history from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

While at MacDowell, he worked on a new book, tentatively titled Black Milk of Dawn, about the early stages of the fight for Holocaust memory in the immediate postwar period.

Portrait by Bill O'Leary



James McAuley worked in the Wood studio.

Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…

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