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Jack Murnighan is the nick- and pen-name of John K. Murnighan, Jr., (born January 18, 1969 in Lafayette, Indiana) an author best known for writing on literature and relationships.


Jack Murnighan was raised in central Illinois, where he attended public schools, frequently representing them in statewide math competitions. He then attended Brown University where he majored in philosophy and semiotics. After graduating in 1990, he lived on and off in Paris for two years, and then entered the Literature Program of Duke University, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1999, having specialized in Medieval and Renaissance literature. Since 1998, he has lived and worked in New York City as an editor and freelance writer, and, since 2003, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

His latest book, Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature's 50 Greatest Hits (2009) is a manual for getting the most meaning and pleasure out of fifty of the most challenging (and rewarding) books in the Western canon.

From late 1998-2001, he wrote Jack’s Naughty Bits, a weekly column for nerve.com on sex and sexuality in the history of literature, which was turned into two books: The Naughty Bits (2001) and Classic Nasty (2003). In 2000 he co-edited (with Genevieve Field) the short story collection Full Frontal Fiction: The Best of Nerve.com, containing pieces by Jay McInerney, A. M. Homes, Robert Olen Butler, Mary Gaitskill, and Elizabeth Wurtzel.

He has written for Esquire and Glamour magazines and appeared repeatedly on NPR.

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