James McConkey

James McConkey is Goldwin Smith Professor of English Literature Emeritus at Cornell. His books include The Telescope in the Parlor, Court of Memory, and To a Distant Land. His next book, The Complete Court of Memory, is forthcoming.

What Kind of Father Am I?

Looking back at a lifetime of parenting sons and being parented by them

by James McConkey | Saturday, March 01, 2008

Fear of Falling

Working in the mop-and-bucket brigade in college created the perspectives of a lifetime

by James McConkey | Friday, December 01, 2006

Two Strangers, Three Stories

All the lonely people and where they come from

by James McConkey | Wednesday, March 01, 2006

How a Poem Helped Me to Write Prose

by James McConkey | Monday, November 11, 2013

Chekhov's Journey

Finding the ideal of freedom in a rugged prison colony

by James McConkey | Thursday, September 01, 2005