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Ronald Sukenick (July 14, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York – July 22, 2004) was an American writer and literary theorist.


He studied at Cornell University, and wrote a doctoral thesis on Wallace Stevens, at Brandeis University.

He was founder and publisher of American Book Review, and a founder of The Fiction Collective.

After Roland Barthes announced the "death of the author", Sukenick carried the metaphor even further in "the death of the novel". He drew up a list of what is missing: reality doesn't exist, nor time or personality.

Sukenick was chairman of the coordinating council of Little magazines, and on the executive council of the Modern Language Association.


He divorced his first wife Lynn Sukenick in 1974.

He lived with Julia Frey, for many years until marrying in 1992. Her book on Toulouse Lautrec is now a standard work.

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