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Tufts University
Department of English
6 The Green
Room 206, East Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2460
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Jay Cantor
Professor Emeritus


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
BA, Harvard University

Courses Taught

  • English 9: Writing Fiction - Intermediate
  • English 13: Writing Fiction - Advanced
  • English 77: The Modern Mind
  • English 170: Modern European Novel

Publication Highlights


  • Great Neck, a novel, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, January, 2003. Paperback edition, Vintage Books, September 2004
  • On Giving Birth to One's Own Mother, and other essays, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1991.
  • Krazy Kat, a novel, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1988. Paperback edition from Vintage Books, January 2004.
  • The Death of Che Guevara, a novel, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1983.


  • Cuba Libre, adaptation of the novel by Elmore Leonard, Universal Pictures, 1998 Michael Siegel, Brillstein-Gray Productions, producers.
  • American Tabloid, an adaptation of the novel by James Ellroy, for HBO Pictures, 1996. Denise de Novi producer.
  • Hoover, a life of J. Edgar Hoover, for HBO Pictures, 1996. Shaun Daniels and Cottie Chub, Alphaville Products, producers.
  • The Night Manager, an adaptation of the novel by John Le Carre, for Paramount Pictures, 1996. Sydney Pollock producer.


  • "My Che," Sunday Boston Globe, October 2, 2004.
  • "On the Blues," for First of the Month, February, 2004.
  • "John Updike," BookForum, Fall, 2003.
  • "Paul Simon," The New York Times, Arts and Leisure, September 12, 1993.
  • "An American Dream," essay, The Nation Magazine, April 22, 1991 (volume 252, Number 15).