Douglas Cowie is an American fiction author and academic. In 2016, he published Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago, a novel which explores the relationship between Nelson Algren and Simone de Beauvoir.
Douglas Cowie was born in Elmhurst, Illinois. He holds a BA from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and undertook his postgraduate study at the University of East Anglia (MA, PhD).
He is fascinated by American poetry and fiction of the 20th century, particularly Nelson Algren's work and most forms of American popular music. Additionally, he is interested in the history of Germany, especially the history of the German Democratic Republic.
Cowie is the author of Owen Noone and the Marauder (2005), Sing for Life: Tin Pan Alley (2013), Sing for Life: Away, You Rolling River (2014), as well as various short stories and essays.
His most recent novel, Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago, offers an intoxicating portrayal of the raw magnetism between Simone de Beauvoir and Nelson Algren. Set against the vivid backdrop of 1947 Chicago and Paris, Cowie explores the tumultuous love affair, asking profound questions about love's complexities.
He teaches in the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Douglas Cowie has lived in England and Berlin since 1999.
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