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John L'Heureux
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JOHN L'HEUREUX


John L'Heureux is the prize-winning author of such works of fiction as The Miracle, Having Everything, The Shrine at Altamira, Comedians, An Honorable Profession, A Woman Run Mad., and his most recent novel, The Medici Boy. A former Jesuit priest (he left the order in 1971) and contributing editor to The Atlantic Monthly, he has taught at Georgetown, Tufts, Harvard, and has for many years been Professor of English at Stanford University. His fiction is marked by a wicked wit and a philosophical turn that rivals that of the ancient Greeks and Monty Python. As a teacher of creative writing and drama, he has been a major influence on such writers as Ron Hansen, Harriet Doerr, Tobias Wolff, David Henry Hwang, and many more of today's most highly praised writers.
"This is the point: God is absolutely ironic. When you hear someone say, But why me? How could God let this happen to me?, you can be sure you are listening to a person who doesn't know about irony." — from "The Comedian"


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