Ian McEwan was
born on 21st June 1948 in Aldershot, England, and now lives in London. He studied at the
University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in
1970. While completing his MA degree in English Literature at the University of
East Anglia, he took a creative writing course taught by the novelists Malcolm
Bradbury and Angus Wilson.
McEwan's works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction three times, winning the award for Amsterdam in 1998. His bestselling novel Atonement received the WH Smith Literary Award (2002), National Book Critics' Circle Fiction Award (2003), Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction (2003), and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel (2004). He also won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1976 for his first collection of short stories First Love, Last Rites; the Whitbread Novel Award (1987) and Prix Fémina Etranger (1993) for The Child in Time; and Germany's Shakespeare Prize in 1999.
This biography was last updated on 07/09/2007.
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In a number of different interviews, both text and video, Ian McEwan talks about his favorite book to film adaptations, on writing screenplays, on adapting his novels to film. and the thrill of winning the 1998 Booker Prize for Amsterdam.
Ian McEwan: On His Favorite Book to Film Adaptations
Ian McEwan: On Writing Screenplays
Ian McEwan: On Adapting His Novels to Film
The three videos above were recorded in 2011
Ian McEwan talks about his books and the thrill of winning the 1998 Booker Prize for Amsterdam
First, congratulations on the Booker Prize. How does it feel? What does it
mean to you?
It does have an extraordinary power, this prize. I think my experience must be just the same as more or less everyone else's who has won. I have a literary following and people have known about my books for years, but now the potential readership suddenly leaps. The Booker somehow has caught everyone's imagination, and you find that worldwide there's an interest in your writing from people who otherwise wouldn't be reading it. That's the overwhelming difference.
Americans don't really have a prize that's equivalent to the Booker, in terms of furor and public interest....
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