David Plante

Author: David Plante

Profile: David Robert Plante better known as David Plante is an American diarist, novelist and memorist.  He is born in Providence, Rhode Island and is or both French-Canadian and North American Indian descent. He completed his graduation from Boston College and the Universite catholique de Louvain. David has been published in a number of literary magazines including The Paris Review and The New Yorker besides which he is a Royal Society of Literature Fellow.

David Plante is an Ambassador for the LGBT Committee of the New York Public Library. The New York Public Library contains his extensive diary placed in the Berg Collection. The library of The University of Tulsa, Oklahoma also has papers in its collection.

David has been a writer-in-residence at Maxim Gorky Literature Institute (Moscow), the University of Cambridge, the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, the University of Tulsa, Adelphi University, the University of East Anglia and King’s College.

Memoir of his relationships with Germaine Greer, Sonia Orwell and Jean Rhys and the widely praised Francoeur Triology – The Family (1978), The Country (1980) and The Woods (1982). The memoir of Nikos Stangos his partner of 4 decades, The Pure Lover (2009) is his most recent book. The Princeton University Library, the Program in Hellenic Studies holds papers of Nikos Stangos, his former partner.

David Plante resides in London, Athens Greece and Lucca Italy. He has dual citizenship, British and American.

Writing style: The spiritual has been examined by David Plante in a range of contexts but notably in the milieu of Catholic families having French Canadian background and large working class people. Characters featuring in his novels are males right from openly gay to sexually ambiguous and questioning.

Published Texts:


1970 – The Ghost of Henry James

1971 – Slides (novel)

1972 – Relatives (novel)

1974 – The Darkness of the Body

1976 – Figures in Bright Air

1978 – The Family

1980 – The Country

1982 – The Woods

1983 – Difficult Women

1984 – The Foreigner

1986 – The Catholic

1987 – My Mother’s Pearl Necklace

1987 – The Native

1991 – The Accident

1994 – Annunciation

1998 – Prayer

1999 – The Age of Terror

2005 – American Ghosts

2007 – ABC

2009 – The Pure Lover

2013 – Becoming a Londoner: a diary

2015 – Worlds Apart: a memoir


Awards and Acknowledgements:

1975 – Henfield Fellow, University of East Anglia

1977 – British Arts Council Grant

1983 – Guggenheim Fellowship

1983 – American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award

1983 – National Book Award (Difficult Women)

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