Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides has been called a “great American writer” (Los Angeles Times Book Review) and “a master of voice” (Washington Post). Eugenides will deliver the annual William Gifford Lecture on Tuesday, October 28, 6 pm, in the Villard Room of Main Building. Sponsored by the English Department and the William Gifford Fund for Writers-in-Residence, this lecture is free and open to the public.
Eugenides’ debut novel, The Virgin Suicides, now considered a modern classic, was made into a film directed by Sofia Coppola. The author rose to widespread acclaim with Middlesex, which traces the life of an intersex character. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2003, the WELT-Literatur Preis, and the Santiago de Compostela Literary Prize from Spain. Middlesex was also a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and France's Prix Médicis. The New York Times hailed Middlesex calling the book “...an uproarious epic, at once funny and sad, about misplaced identities and family secrets.... Mr. Eugenides has a keen sociological eye for 20th-century American life.... But it's his emotional wisdom, his nuanced insight into his characters' inner lives, that lends this book its cumulative power…He has also delivered a deeply affecting portrait of one family's tumultuous engagement with the American 20th century.”
His most recent novel, The Marriage Plot, explores the lives of three college friends; the book was a National Book Critics’ Circle Award finalist. The Marriage Plot was named the best novel of 2011 by independent booksellers in the United States and won the Prix Fitzgerald and the Madame Figaro Literary Prize in France.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Eugenides was educated at Brown University and Stanford and is currently a professor of Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. His work has been translated into 35 languages.
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