The Short Fiction of Rudolph Fisher

The Short Fiction of Rudolph Fisher

The Short Fiction of Rudolph Fisher

The Short Fiction of Rudolph Fisher


Acknowledgments Introduction by Margaret Perry The Brief Life and Art of Rudolph Fisher by Margaret Perry Chronology of Published Stories The Published Stories Bibliography Index


Rudolph Fisher, born in Washington, D.C., on May 9, 1897, was the son of Reverend John W. Fisher and Glendora Williamson Fisher. Fisher was brought up mainly in Providence, R.I., where he completed his studies at Classical High School in 1915 with high honors. While at high school he was a member of the debating team.

In 1915 Fisher matriculated to Brown University where he majored in English and biology. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and to the honorary fraternities Sigma Xi and Delta Sigma Rho. He won the Caesar Misch Prize in German and the Carpenter Prize in public speaking. When he graduated in 1919 he was elected by the faculty to be the Commencement Day speaker; he had already been the Class Day orator. To be sure, Rudolph Fisher demonstrated early those superior intellectual and social qualities that were to be reflected later in his stories and novels.

Following graduation, Fisher remained at Brown during the next academic year in order to get his M.A. Then he attended the Howard University medical school where he graduated with highest honors in 1924. After a one-year internship at Freedman's Hospital in Washington, Fisher went to New York City where he was a Fellow of the National Research Council for two years, specializing in biology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. With this excellent background, Fisher started private practice in 1927. Later, he specialized in roentgenology and opened an X-ray laboratory. Fisher died on December 26, 1934 after his third operation for an intestinal ailment. He was survived by his wife, Jane Ryder Fisher, and a son, Hugh, who died in 1964.

Fisher's first story to be published, "City of Refuge," which appeared . . .

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