Acclaimed novelist and “Art in America” editor Ted Mooney passed away at the age of 70 from heart disease.
Best known for writing Easy Travel to Other Planets in 1981, the novel received the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
— Eltío Esse #Art (@EltioEsse_Art) March 30, 2022
“The author-editor was born in Dallas, raised in Washington, D.C., and educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Columbia University, and Bennington College,” Arts in Letters noted.
“He moved to New York immediately after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Bennington in 1973,” it added.
He served at Arts in Letters for 31 years. In addition, Mooney taught seminars on writing at Yale University and worked on a variety of books.
Ted Mooney, my dear dear friend over thirty-four years, has died. I have no words. Here is my portrait of Ted; [1996, 68 5/8” x 53 1/2”, Oil & Acrylic on Canvas; click for uncropped image]. pic.twitter.com/JdY5UgKqlV
— STEPHANIE ROSE (@SBR1NY) March 29, 2022
His loss comes as a shock to many who read his works over the years, leaving behind decades of writing and editing that impacted the lives of multiple generations.