NEW YORK (AP) _ Ronald Sukenick, a pioneer in the field of American postmodernist literature since the publication of his first work in 1968, has died. He was 72.
Sukenick died at his home in New York on Thursday, according to his brother-in-law, Cameron Bloch, a photo editor at The Associated Press. He had been diagnosed in 1992 with inclusion body myositis, a degenerative muscle disease.
Sukenick published about a dozen works of fiction and literary criticism, starting with his first novel, "Up," in 1968. Other titles include "Mosaic Man," "98.6," and "Cows." His last work is scheduled to be published in the fall, according to his family.
Born in Brooklyn, Sukenick was a champion of structural innovation in contemporary writing, encouraging writers to find new forms and voices with which to express themselves. He was a founding member of the Fiction Collective, an alternative press founded in 1974.
He created the American Book Review in 1977, and had been publisher of Black Ice, a magazine for innovative writing, since 1988.
In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Morton Dauwen Zabel Award by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He also was a winner of an American Book Award.
Sukenick had a doctorate in English literature and held posts at numerous universities and colleges, including Sarah Lawrence, Cornell, and the University of Colorado. Sukenick was also a member of the Authors League of America, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines.
Sukenick is survived by his wife, Julia Frey, and his sister, Gloria Sukenick. He was divorced from his first wife, Lynn Luria, who died in 1996.
No funeral will be held, but a memorial service is being planned for the fall.
Here's a funny interview I did with Sukenick: http://www.altx.com/int2/suk.html