William Finnegan is an American author and journalist who writes for ‘The New Yorker’. After earning his MFA in creative writing, Finnegan traveled around the world, and, finding himself in need of money, took a position as an English teacher at Grassy Park High School in South Africa. Finnegan?s teaching experience coincided with a nationwide school boycott, giving him fodder for his first book, ‘Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid’, which was published in 1986.
Finnegan?s experience in South Africa transformed him from a novelist to a political journalist. His first short piece, about his experience living in Sri Lanka, was published in ‘Mother Jones’ in 1979. Finnegan began contributing to ‘The New Yorker’ in 1984 and has been a staff writer there since 1987. He has also contributed to ‘Harper?s’ and ‘The New York Review of Books’, among other publications.
Finnegan has also written ‘Dateline Soweto: Travels with Black South African Reporters’ and ‘A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique’, which was published in 1992. Finnegan focused on his home country of America in his 1998 book, ‘Cold New World: Growing Up in a Harder Country’.
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