How to pronounce Jeffrey Eugenides: yu-GIN-e-dees
Eugenides was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960. He graduated
magna cum laude from Brown University, and received an M.A. in English and
Creative Writing from Stanford University in 1986. His first novel, The
Virgin Suicides, was published to acclaim in 1993. It has been
translated into fifteen languages and made into a feature film. His fiction
has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The
Yale Review, Best American Short Stories, The Gettysburg
Review, and Granta's "Best of Young American
Novelists." In 2003, Jeffrey
Eugenides received The Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex (2002).
Eugenides is the recipient of many awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Writers' Award, and the Henry D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been a Fellow of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm of the DAAD and of the American Academy in Berlin. After spending some time in Berlin, Eugenides now lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter where he is on the faculty of Princeton University's Program in Creative Writing. In January 2008 he published an anthology, My Mistress's Sparrow Is Dead: Great Love Stories from Chekhov to Munro, the proceeds of which go directly to fund the free youth writing programs offered by 826 Chicago which is part of the network of seven writing centers across the United States affiliated with 826 National, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
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In the video below, Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides answers questions about The Marriage Plot - what inspired the novel, how he approached writing it - and talks about his experience reading Lolita for the first time. He also explores how reading about love affects our actual experience of love.
Jeffrey Eugenides on Writing, The Marriage Plot, and Nabokov
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