Michael Cunningham


Michael Cunningham (1952) lives in New York. He was already publishing short stories in magazines and newspapers during his English studies and is the author of six novels (counting a disowned debut) and a book on the eccentric American coastal town Princetown (Land's End, Crown, 2002).
Author of the bestselling and highly acclaimed novels A Home at the End of the World (1990)and Flesh and Blood (1995), it was Cunningham's third novel, The Hours (1998), that would definitively establish his reputation and fame. A clever, fiercely original and moving reimagining of Virginia Woolf, her Mrs Dalloway, and some of its readers throughout the twentieth century, the novel was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Pen/Faulkner Award. The highly successful 2003 film adaptation, an Academy Awards and Golden Globes laureate, undoubtedly introduced Cunningham to a wider audience. As Woolf did in The Hours, so does Walt Whitman appear in Specimen Days (2006), the publication of which coincided with an anthology of Whitman's writings selected and introduced by Cunningham, Laws for Creations. His most recent novel is By Nightfall (2010). The story of a couple in their mid-forties told in the writer's subtle and elegant voice, it has been called ‘a heart-breaking look at the way we live now'. Michael Cunningham's fiction is published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Picador.


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