was an American author of novels and short stories. Dixon was born in Manhattan, New York, June 6, 1936. He was the fifth of seven children of Florence Leder and Abraham M. Ditchik.
Dixon was nominated for the National Book Award twice, in 1991 for Frog and in 1995 for Interstate. Dixon was one of seven children in the family. He also was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy Institute of Arts and Letters Prize for Fiction, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart prize.
He graduated from the City College of New York in 1958 and is a former faculty member of Johns Hopkins University. Before becoming a full-time writer Dixon worked a plethora of odd jobs ranging from bus driver to bartender. In his early 20s he worked as a journalist and in radio, interviewing such monumental figures as JFK, Richard Nixon and Khrushchev. He cited Fyodor Dostoevsky, Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Ernest Hemingway, and Anton Chekhov as his favorite authors.
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