Dan Pearlman got his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Columbia University and went on to become an Ezra Pound specialist, publishing The Barb of Time: on the unity of Ezra Pound's Cantos with Oxford University Press in 1969. He soon moved to Spain, where he wrote a couple of novels (1971-1974). Afterwards he returned to academic life (scholarship, and various English Department chairmanships). Since 1980, Pearlman has been a professor of English at the University of Rhode Island with teaching specialties in creative writing and modern American poetry.
In 1982 he found himself free to dedicate most of his energy to his first love, writing fiction. His stories and novellas began appearing in 1987 in various literary and genre magazines and anthologies (e.g., Amazing Stories, New England Review, Florida Review, The Silver Web, Quarterly West, Semiotext(e) SF, Synergy [HBJ], Simulations [Citadel], The Year's Best Fantastic Fiction, 1996). In 1995 he founded CLF, the Council for the Literature of the Fantastic, which maintains an online magazine that hosts an international array of contributors.
With a penchant toward irony and satire, he leans toward the literary "fantastic" in fiction, whether in the form of magic realism, speculative fiction, or "slipstream." He published his first book of fiction in 1995, The Final Dream & Other Fictions (Permeable Press), followed in 1997 by a novel, Black Flames (White Pine Press), an excursion into the Spanish Civil War through the warped recollections of a troubled old ex-soldier.
Just released is his new collection of stories, The Best-Known Man in the World and Other Misfits (Aardwolf, 2001), available through www.AardwolfPress.com. Among the items he is currently trying to market are his first SF novel, Memini, and a big new magic-realist novel about Spain at the end of the dictatorship called Weeds in Franco's Garden (see brief excerpt on Whimsy Website referenced below).
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