Samuel R. Delany Biography
Samuel R. Delany is an American author and literary critic. His work includes fiction (especially science fiction), memoir, criticism, and essays on sexuality and society. His works include Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection (winners of the Nebula Award for 1966 and 1967 respectively), Nova, Dhalgren, and the Return to Nevèrÿon series. After she won the four Nebula awards and two Hugo Awards over the course of his career, she was inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2002.
From January 2001 until his retirement in May 2015, he was a professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2010 he won the third J. Lloyd Eaton Lifetime Achievement Award in Science Fiction from the academic Eaton Science Fiction Conference at UCR Libraries. The Science Fiction Writers of America named him its 30th SFWA Grand Master in 2013.
Samuel R. Delany Age
Samuel R. Delany was born on April 1, 1942, in New York, New York, United States. Samuel R. Delany is 77 years old as of 2019.
Samuel R. Delany Net worth
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Samuel R. Delany Family
Samuel R. Delany was born in New York, New York, the United States to Margaret Carey Boyd Delany (mother) (born in 1916–1995), she was a clerk in the New York Public Library system. His father, Sr. Samuel Ray Delany (born in 1906–1960), he ran the Levy & Delany Funeral Home on 7th Avenue in Harlem, from 1938 until his death in 1960. The civil rights pioneers Sadie and Bessie Delany were his aunts. His family lived in the top two floors of a three-story private house between five- and six-story Harlem apartment buildings.
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Samuel R. Delany Education
Samuel R. Delany attended Bronx High School of Science, and he later joined the Dalton School from 1951 to 1956. He continued with jis study after he joined the tertiary level of education like City College of New York and University at Buffalo.
Samuel R. Delany Author and literary critic.
He is the author of several critically acclaimed titles, such as the novels The Einstein Intersection, Nova, Hogg, Dhalgren, and the series Return to Nevèrÿon. Since January 2001, he has been teaching English and creative writing at Temple University, Philadelphia. He is also recognized for his work as a literary critic. Samuel R. Delany started his poetic work while still at the University. He published nine well-regarded science fiction novels between 1962 and 1968, as well he won the two prize-winning short stories (collected in Driftglass in  and later in Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories ).
In 1966, with Hacker remaining in New York, Delany took an extended trip to Europe, writing The Einstein Intersection while in France, England, Italy, Greece, and Turkey. These locales found their way into several pieces of his work at that time, including the novel Nova and the short stories “Aye, and Gomorrah” and “Dog in a Fisherman’s Net”. After returning, he played and lived communally for six months on the Lower East Side with the Heavenly Breakfast, folk-rock band, and members, Bert Lee, who the founding member of the Central Park Sheiks; a memoir of his experiences with the band and communal life was eventually published as Heavenly Breakfast (1979).
He published his first eight novels with Ace Books from 1962 to 1967, culminating in Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection, which were consecutively recognized as the year’s best novel by the Science Fiction Writers of America (Nebula Awards). Calling him a genius and poet, Algis Budrys listed Delany with J. G. Ballard, Brian W. Aldiss, and Roger Zelazny as “an earthshaking new kind” of a writer, and leaders of the New Wave. His first short story was published by Pohl in February 1967 on the issue of Worlds of Tomorrow, where he placed three more magazines in that year. Delany managed to publish his first science fiction books when he was 20 years old.
He published nine novels between 1962 and 1968 and several award-winning stories (collected in Driftglass, 1971 and later in Aye, and Gomorrah, and other stories, 2002). His tenth and most famous novel, Dhalgren was published in 1974. His main literary occupation in the late 1970s and 1980s was the saga in four volumes Return to Nevèrÿon. He has also published several autobiographical books or based on his personal experience as a black and gay writer, such as his autobiography, winner of a Hugo Award, The Motion of Light in Water. Since 1988 he has been a professor at several universities: eleven years as a professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a year and a half as a professor of English at the State University of New York in Buffalo. In 2001 he moved to the English department of Temple University.
After four short stories (including the critically lauded “Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones”) and Nova were published to wide acclaim (the latter by Doubleday, marking Delany’s departure from Ace) in 1968 alone, an extended interregnum in publication commenced until the release of Dhalgren (1975), abated only by two short stories, two comic book scripts, and an erotic novel, The Tides of Lust (1973), reissued in 1994 under Delany’s preferred title, Equinox. On New Year’s Eve in 1968, Delany and Hacker moved to San Francisco, and again to London in the interim, before Delany returned to New York in the summer of 1971 as a resident of the Albert Hotel in Greenwich Village; from December 1972 to December 1974,
Delany and Hacker lived in Marylebone, London. In 1972, he visited several writers at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Humanities. During this period, he began working with sexual themes in earnest and wrote two pornographic works, one of which (Hogg) was unpublishable due to its transgressive content. Twenty years later, it found print. He wrote two issues of the comic book Wonder Woman in 1972, during a controversial period in the publication’s history when the lead character abandoned her superpowers and became a secret agent. He scripted issues #202 and #203 of the series.
He was initially supposed to write a six-issue story arc that would culminate in a battle over an abortion clinic, but the story arc was canceled after Gloria Steinem complained that Wonder Woman was no longer wearing her traditional costume, a change predating Delany’s involvement. Scholar Ann Matsuuchi concluded that Steinem’s feedback was “conveniently used as an excuse” by DC management. Delany’s eleventh and most popular novel, the million-plus-selling Dhalgren, was published in 1975 to both literary acclaim (from both inside and outside the science fiction community) and derision (mostly from within the community).
Upon its publication, Delany returned to the United States at the behest of Leslie Fiedler to teach at the University at Buffalo as Butler Professor of English in the spring of 1975, preceding his return to New York City that summer. Though he wrote two more major science fiction novels (Triton and Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand) in the decade following Dhalgren, Delany began to work in fantasy and science fiction criticism for several years. His main literary project through the late 1970s and 1980s was the Return to Nevèrÿon series, the overall title of the four volumes and also the title of the fourth and final book.
Following the publication of the Return to Nevèrÿon series, Delany published one more fantasy novel. Released in 1993, They Fly at Çiron is a re-written and expanded version of an unpublished short story Delany wrote in 1962. This would be Delany’s last novel in either the science fiction or fantasy genres for many years. He became a professor in 1988. Following visiting fellowships at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (1977), the University at Albany (1978) and Cornell University (1987).
He spent 11 years as a professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a year and a half as an English professor at the University at Buffalo, then moved to the English Department of Temple University in 2001, where he taught until his retirement in 2015. He served as Critical Inquiry Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago during the winter quarter of 2014. Beginning with The Jewel-Hinged Jaw (1977), a collection of critical essays that applied then-nascent literary theory to science fiction studies.
He published several books of criticism, interviews, and essays. In the memoir Times Square Red, Times Square Blue (1999), Delany drew on personal experience to examine the relationship between the effort to redevelop Times Square and the public sex lives of working-class men in New York City. He received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from Publishing Triangle in 1993. In 2007, his novel Dark Reflections was a winner of the Stonewall Book Award. That same year Delany was the subject of a documentary film, The Polymath, or, The Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman, directed by Fred Barney Taylor.
The film debuted on April 25 at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. The following year, 2008, it tied for Jury Award for Best Documentary at the International Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Also in 2007, Delany was the April “calendar boy” in the “Legends of the Village” calendar put out by Village Care of New York. In 2010, Delany was one of the five judges (along with Andrei Codrescu, Sabina Murray, Joanna Scott, and Carolyn See) for the National Book Awards fiction category. In 2015, the Caribbean Philosophical Association named Delany as the recipient of its Nicolás Guillén Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2013 he received the Brudner Award from Yale University, for his contributions to gay literature. Since 2018, his archive has been housed at the Beinecke Library at Yale where it is currently being organized. Till then, his papers were housed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. In 1991, he entered a committed, nonexclusive relationship with Dennis Rickett, previously a homeless book vendor; their courtship is chronicled in the graphic memoir Bread and Wine: An Erotic Tale of New York (1999), a collaboration with the writer and artist Mia Wolff. After sixteen years, he retired from teaching at Temple University
Delany is an atheist.
Samuel R. Delany Themes
Recurring themes in Delany’s work include mythology, memory, language, sexuality, and perception. Class, position in society, and the ability to move from one social stratum to another are motifs that were touched on in his earlier work and became more significant in his later fiction and non-fiction, both. Many of Delany’s later (the mid-1980s and beyond) works have bodies of water (mostly oceans and rivers) as a common theme, as mentioned by Delany in The Polymath. Though not a theme, coffee, more than any other beverage, is mentioned significantly and often in many of Delany’s fictions.
Writing itself (both prose and poetry) is also a repeated theme: several of his characters — Geo in The Jewels of Aptor, Vol Nonik in The Fall of the Towers, Rydra Wong in Babel-17, Ni Ty Lee in Empire Star, Katin Crawford in Nova, the Kid, Ernest Newboy, and William in Dhalgren, Arnold Hawley in Dark Reflections, John Marr and Timothy Hasler in The Mad Man, and Osudh in Phallos – are writers or poets of some sort. He also makes use of repeated imagery: several characters (Hogg, the Kid, and the sensory-syrynx player, the Mouse, in Nova; Roger in “We .. move on a rigorous line”) are known for wearing only one shoe; and nail biting along with rough, calloused (and sometimes veiny) hands are characteristics given to individuals in a number of his fictions. Names are sometimes reused: “Bellona” is the name of a city in both Dhalgren and Triton,
“Denny” is a character in both Dhalgren and Hogg (which were written almost concurrently despite being published two decades apart; and there is a Danny in “We … move on a rigorous line”), and the name “Hawk” is used for five different characters in four separate stories – Hogg, the story “Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones” and the novella “The Einstein Intersection”, and the short story “Cage of Brass”, where a character called Pig also appears. Jewels, reflection, and refraction – not just the imagery but reflection and refraction of text and concepts – are also strong themes and metaphors in Delany’s work. Titles such as The Jewels of Aptor, The Jewel-Hinged Jaw,
Dhalgren and Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand include several sexually explicit passages, and several of his books such as Equinox (originally published as The Tides of Lust, a title that Delany does not endorse), The Mad Man, Hogg and, Phallos can be considered pornography, a label Delany himself endorses. Novels such as Triton and the thousand-plus pages making up his four-volume Return to Nevèrÿon series explored in detail how sexuality and sexual attitudes relate to the socioeconomic underpinnings of a primitive – or, in Triton’s case, futuristic – society.
Even in works with no science fiction or fantasy content to speak of, such as Atlantis: Three Tales, The Mad Man, and Hogg, Delany pursued these questions by creating vivid pictures of New York City, now in the Jazz Age, now in the first decade of the AIDS epidemic, private schools in the 1950s, Greece and Europe in the 1960s, and – in Hogg – generalized small-town America. Phallos details the quest for happiness and security by a gay man from the island of Syracuse in the second-century reign of Emperor Hadrian. Dark Reflection is a contemporary novel, dealing with themes of repression, old age, and the writer’s unrewarded life.