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Fielding Dawson

(1930 - 2002)

Fielding Dawson was an American writer, born on August 2, 1930, who garnered recognition for his experimental fiction and non-fiction, as well as his involvement in the Black Mountain College literary movement. His writing style often reflected an innovative use of stream-of-consciousness and narrative structure that pushed the boundaries of conventional storytelling.

Educated at Black Mountain College, an experimental school in North Carolina, he studied under and was influenced by some of the most avant-garde figures of the day, including poet Charles Olson. This influence informs much of Dawson's work, which often explores themes of personal freedom, creativity, and the nature of the artistic experience.

His literary output was substantial, including numerous short stories, essays, and novels. Among his works, "The Black Mountain Book" (1970) stands out as a characteristic example of his fusion of memoir and a deeply personal account of his experiences at Black Mountain College. Dawson also penned "The Sun Rises Into The Sky And Other Stories" (1974) and "An Emotional Memoir of Franz Kline" (1989), merging his interests in narrative experimentation with accounts of real-life figures.

In addition to his literary endeavors, Dawson was known for his commitment to education and taught writing workshops in prisons for many years, a reflection of his belief in the rehabilitative power of creativity and self-expression.

Fielding Dawson passed away on January 5, 2002, but his legacy endures through his contributions to the American literary canon, especially within the context of postmodern experimental writing.

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