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Bradley, Thomas Iver 1954- (Tom Bradley)

BRADLEY, Thomas Iver 1954- (Tom Bradley)


Born March 17, 1954, in Salt Lake City, UT; son of Iver Edwin (a professor) and Jane Frances (a teacher; maiden name, Glover) Bradley. Ethnicity: "Anglo-Saxon/Celtic." Education: University of Utah, Ph.D. (English literature).


Home—Nagasaki, Japan. Agent—c/o Author Mail,, 519 West Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA 19041. E-mail—[email protected].


Educator, novelist, author of short fiction, and musician. Worked as an English literature professor in Japanese and Chinese universities. Harpist, performing solo classical works.




Seaton Prize for Fiction, and AWP award finalist, both 1981; Editors Book Award nomination, and Abiko Quarterly Prize, both 1989, both for Kara-Kun/Flip-Kun; New York University Bobst Award nomination, 1992; HarperCollins/3AM Fiction award, 2002; several Pushcart Prize nominations for short fiction.



Acting Alone (novel), Browntrout (San Francisco, CA), 1994.

The Spirit of Writing, J. P. Tarcher (New York, NY), 2001.

Kara-Kun/Flip-Kun, Infinity Press (Haverford, PA), 1999.

The Curved Jewels, Infinity Press (Haverford, PA), 2000.

Husting the East (contains Kara-Kun/Flip-Kun and The Curved Jewels), Xlibris (Philadelphia, PA), 2000.

Killing Bryce, Infinity Press (Haverford, PA), 2001.

Black Class Cur, Infinity Press (Haverford, PA), 2001.

Contributor to periodicals and Web zines, including, McSweeney's, Exquisite Corpse, and Poets & Writers.


Tom Bradley told CA: "I have published five novels tracing the not-quite-career of a seedy member of the lumpen-intelligentsia named Sam Edwine. The first novel in the series, Killing Bryce, examines the disintegration of the Edwines, a family of gigantic Jack-Mormons. In Acting Alone Sam tries to get hired as ghost-writer for a recently released hostage of Islamic fundamentalists. Black Class Cur finds Sam in China in the halcyon days just before the student democracy movement gave the Party the excuse it needed to slam a lid on everything. Kara-Kun/Flip-Kun can be read as a portrait of contemporary Hiroshima, where Sam brings the expatriate community face to face with the Japanese mafia. The Curved Jewels shows the crown princess of Japan experiencing understandable second thoughts about being wed to the grandson of Hirohito, and fleeing the imperial palace with Sam's help."

Bradley's short stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and several of his works have been translated into Japanese.



Tom Bradley Web site, (November 20, 2003).

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