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Samuel R. Delany

Samuel Ray Delany (born 1942) is a US author and critic, one of the most influential and most discussed within the genre; he has taught at several universities from 1975, and was professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 1988-1999, of English at SUNY Buffalo 1999-2000, and of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia since 2001. He has a somewhat mixed cultural background: he is black, born and raised in Harlem, New York, and therefore familiar with the black ghetto; but his father, a wealthy funeral-parlour proprietor, had the family brought up in privileged, upper-middle-class circumstances – Delany was educated at the prestigious Bronx High School of Science (although he left college after only one term). This double background is evident in all his writing . . .

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