Joseph Gilbert Cowley
JOSEPH COWLEY, born October 9, 1923, graduated from Columbia University in 1947, interrupting his academic career to serve two and a half years with the Army Air Force during World War II. The last few months were spent as a bombardier with the Eighth Air Force, based in England, for which he was awarded a Bronze Star.
He earned his M.A. from Columbia in 1948 and taught English at Cornell University before entering sales. Most of his career was spent writing on sales and management for The Research Institute of America. He retired in 1982 to devote himself to his own writing.
He is the author of The Chrysanthemum Garden, Home by Seven, Landscape With Figures, Dust Be My Destiny, The House on Huntington Hill, all novels; and the plays The Stargazers, Twin Bill, and A Jury of His Peers; two collections of shorter fiction, The Night Billy Was Born and Other Love Stories, and Do You Like It and Other Stories; and, with Robert Weisselberg, The Executive Strategist, An Armchair Guide to Scientific Decision-Making.
His latest original work is a biography of John Adams: Architect of Freedom (1735-1826). He collected his favorite writings in The Best of Joseph Cowley as a tribute to his deceased wife. His articles have appeared in trade and science journals such as Jewelers Circular Keystone, Our Army and Popular Mechanics, and his short stories in Prairie Schooner, New-Story, The Maryland Review, Ohio Short Fiction, and other literary journals.
For the past few years Joseph Cowley has been adapting the classics for ESL students and others who may want an easier read. Among the Classics Condensed by Cowley to date are: Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky,
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and The Golden Bowl, The Aspern Papers, The Turn of the Screw, What Maisie Knewand Washington Square by Henry James. He is currently working on a book about old age, with the title: Journey to the End of Time: Reflections on Life and Aging.
NOTE: Joseph Cowley has been listed in Who's Who, International Who's Who of Writers and Authors, Who's Who in the World, Strathmore's Who's Who, the Cambridge Blue Book, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, and many other reference volumes. Among the groups or organizations he is now or has been associated with are Mensa, Great Books, and the Authors Guild, of America.