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Nationality  American

Name  Harold Jaffe
Born  July 8, 1938 (age 77) New York, New York (1938-07-08)
Occupation  Novelist, essayist, editor, professor
Education  Ph.D, English and American Literature
Alma mater  Grinnell College (undergraduate studies) New York University (graduate studies)
Notable awards  Pushcart Prize (three), National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Fiction (two), California Arts Council Grant in Fiction

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Harold Jaffe (born July 8, 1942) is an American writer of novels, short fiction, drama and essays. He is the author of 26 books, including 14 collections of fiction, four novels and two volumes of essays. He is also the editor of the literary-cultural journal Fiction International. His works have been translated into 15 languages, including German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish, Dutch, Czech, and Serbo-Croatian. Jaffe is also a Professor of Creative Writing, English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University.


Jaffe’s fiction has appeared in such journals as Mississippi Review; City Lights Review; Paris Review; New Directions in Prose and Poetry; Chicago Review; Chelsea; Fiction;Central Park; Witness; Black Ice; Minnesota Review;Boundary 2; ACM; Black Warrior Review; Cream City Review; Two Girls’Review; and New Novel Review. His fictions have also been anthologized in Pushcart Prize; Best American Stories; Best of American Humor; Storming the Reality Studio; American Made; Avant Pop: Fiction for a Daydreaming Nation; After Yesterday’s Crash: The Avant-Pop Anthology; Bateria and Am Lit (Germany);Borderlands (Mexico); Praz (Italy); Positive (Japan); and elsewhere.

The 2004 issue of The Journal of Experimental Fiction called “The Literary Terrorism of Harold Jaffe” was devoted to his writings.


  • Mole's Pitty (1979)
  • Dos Indios (1983)
  • Othello Blues (1996)
  • Jesus Coyote (2008)
  • Docufiction collections

  • Son of Sam (2001)
  • False Positive (2002)
  • Nazis, Sharks & Serial Killers (2003)
  • 15 Serial Killers (2003)
  • Terror-Dot-Gov (2005)
  • Paris 60 (2010)
  • Anti-Twitter (2010)
  • OD (2012)
  • Induced Coma (2014)
  • Death Cafe (2015)
  • Goosestep (2016)
  • Sacred Outcast (2017)
  • Fiction collections

  • Mourning Crazy Horse (1982)
  • Beasts (1986)
  • Madonna and Other Spectacles (1988)
  • Eros Anti-Eros (1990)
  • Straight Razor (1995)
  • Sex for the Millennium (1999)
  • Essay collections

  • Beyond the Techno-Cave: A Guerrilla Writer’s Guide to Post-Millennial Culture (2006)
  • Revolutionary Brain (2012)
  • References

    Harold Jaffe Wikipedia