Born in Knightstown, Indiana, George P. Elliott was an American
novelist and academic who was educated at the University of California
at Berkley. Beginning in 1947, he taught at a number of universities
including Cornell, the University of Iowa, the University of California
at Berkeley, Barnard College, and Syracuse University, where he spent
the major part of his career. Elliott died in 1980 in New York City.
Elliott was a versatile writer whose books include four novels and
numerous collections of short stories, poems, and essays. His books were
well received by critics and, in some cases, notably Parktilden Village (1958) and Among the Dangs (1961), heralded as modern day
classics. Nonetheless, Elliott's work is often overlooked by
contemporary critics and scholars.