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George Michael Cuomo (born 1929, New York City) is the author of eight novels, as well as short stories, poetry, and a nonfiction book.



He attended Stuyvesant High School. He earned a B.A. from Tufts University in 1952 and an M.A. from Indiana University in 1955. He has taught at the University of Arizona, the University of California, Victoria University in British Columbia, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. [1]

His work appeared in Antioch Review,[2] Minnesota Review,[3] The Nation,[4] Saturday Review, Tamarack Review.[5]

Cuomo's first novel, Jack be Nimble, was published in 1963. The novel's eponymous narrator evokes (no doubt intentionally) the anti-hero of All the King's Men, transplanted to the topsy-turvy world of collegiate football. His subsequent novels, which include Among Thieves, Family Honor, and Trial By Water, engage troubling issues of race, class, and social justice. Cuomo's deeply fallible heroes tend to be people that genteel society would prefer to forget: a small-time criminal caught up in a brutal prison riot, a colored boy ensnared in a domestic terrorist plot.

His name has been mentioned more than once in lists of unfairly neglected authors, for example by Richard Yates in Ploughshares. His papers are held at Victoria University.[6]



  • Trial By Water, Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated, ISBN 9780679422402
  • Jack be nimble: a novel Doubleday, 1963
  • Bright day, dark runner: a novel, Doubleday, 1964
  • Among Thieves Doubleday, 1968 ISBN 9780340109106
  • Sing, choirs of angels, Doubleday, 1969
  • The hero's great great great great great grandson: a novel, Atheneum, 1971
  • Geronimo and the Girl Next Door BkMk Press, 1973, ISBN 9780933532168
  • Family honor: an American life, Doubleday, 1983, ISBN 9780385110778


  • Regina Barreca, ed (2002). Don't tell mama!: the Penguin book of Italian American writing. Penguin Books. ISBN 9780142002476.  


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