Jhumpa Lahiri Biography
Jhumpa Lahiri was born 1967 in London, England, and raised in Rhode Island.
She is a graduate of Barnard College, where she received a B.A. in English
literature, and of Boston University, where she received an M.A. in English,
M.A. in Creative Writing and M.A. in Comparative Studies in Literature and the
Arts, and a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies. She has taught creative writing at
Boston University and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Her debut collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It was
translated into twenty-nine languages and became a bestseller both in the United
States and abroad. In addition to the Pulitzer, it received the PEN/Hemingway
Award, the New Yorker Debut of the Year award, an American Academy of Arts and
Letters Addison Metcalf Award, and a nomination for the Los Angeles Times Book
Prize. Lahiri was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002.
The Namesake, published in September 2003, is
Jhumpa Lahiri's first novel. Her second collection, Unaccustomed Earth was published in 2008 and became an immediate New York Times #1 bestseller.
Since 2005, Lahiri has been a Vice President of the PEN American Center, an organization designed to promote friendship and intellectual cooperation among writers. She lives in
New York with her husband and two children.
This biography was last updated on 08/15/2011.
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