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Higher Education: Graduated
James Lee Burke is a well-known American author who is famous known for his Dave Robicheaux books. For the novels Cimarron Rose (1998) and Black Cherry Blues (1990), he received Edgar Awards, as well as the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award. Two actors have played the role of Robicheaux on screen: Alec Baldwin in Heaven's Prisoners and Tommy Lee Jones (In the Electric Mist). While comparing Burke's writing to those of Ernest Hemingway and Jean-Paul Sartre in his 1965 New York Times book review of Half of Paradise, Wirt Williams came to the conclusion that Thomas Hardy was Burke's literary founding father.
He studied English literature at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and University of Missouri, where he graduated with a bachelor's and master's degree in English literature.
His books have been rejected and published, while he has worked in a variety of jobs over the years.
In 1978, he began teaching at Wichita State University after having taught at the University of Missouri, Louisiana University, and University of Montana as a graduate student.
In 1998, Burke's 1982 novel Two for Texas was turned into a TV movie.
Achievements and Awards:
In 1988: Burke won the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction.
In 2002: His contributions to the "literary intellectual heritage of Louisiana" earned Burke the Louisiana Writer Award.
In 2009: Burke got the Grand Master Award from the MWA.
Burke has won awards from the Mystery Writers of America three times.
While employed by the U.S. Forest Service, he also worked as a social worker on Skid Row, Los Angeles, reporter, land surveyor in Colorado, and Job Corps instructor in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Louisiana.