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Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Eugenides
Jeffrey Eugenides at the
Miami Book Fair International 2011
Born (1960-03-08) March 8, 1960
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Alma mater

Brown University

Stanford University
Genre Fiction

Jeffrey Kent Eugenides (born March 8, 1960) is an American novelist and short story writer. He has written numerous short stories and essays, as well as three novels: The Virgin Suicides (1993), Middlesex (2002), and The Marriage Plot (2011). The Virgin Suicides has been filmed, while Middlesex received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in addition to being a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International Dublin Literary Award, and France's Prix Médicis.


  • Biography 1
  • Career 2
    • The Virgin Suicides 2.1
    • 1996–2001 2.2
    • Middlesex 2.3
    • The Marriage Plot 2.4
  • Awards and honors 3
  • List of works 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Eugenides was born in [2] He later earned an M.A. in Creative Writing from Stanford University.

Eugenides knew he wanted to be a writer from a relatively early age, stating "I decided very early; during my junior year of high school. We read [2]

Eugenides was raised in Detroit, Michigan and cites the influence of the city and his high-school experiences on his writings. He has said that he has "a perverse love" of his birthplace. "I think most of the major elements of American history are exemplified in Detroit, from the triumph of the automobile and the assembly line to the blight of racism, not to mention the music, Motown, the MC5, house, techno."[4] He also says he has been haunted by the decline of Detroit.[5]

In 1986, he received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship for his story "Here Comes Winston, Full of the Holy Spirit." After living a few years in San Francisco, he moved to Brooklyn, New York and worked as secretary for the Academy of American Poets. While in New York he made friends with numerous similarly struggling writers, including Jonathan Franzen.[6]

From 1999 to 2004, Eugenides lived in Berlin, Germany, where he moved after being awarded a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service to write in Berlin for a year.[7] Eugenides has lived in Princeton, New Jersey, since the fall of 2007, when Eugenides joined the faculty of Princeton University's Program in Creative Writing.[8]

Eugenides is now based, with his wife and child, in [2]


The Virgin Suicides

Eugenides' 1993 novel, The Virgin Suicides, has been translated into 34 languages. In 1999, the novel was adapted into [2]


Eugenides also published short stories in the near decade between The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, primarily in [2] Two excerpts of what became Eugenides's work-in-progress third novel after Middlesex also appeared in The New Yorker in 2011, "Asleep in the Lord" and "Extreme Solitude". Eugenides also served as the editor of the collection of short stories titled My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead. The proceeds of the collection go to the writing center 826 Chicago, established to encourage young people's writing.


His 2002 novel, Middlesex, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in addition to being a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International Dublin Literary Award, and France's Prix Médicis.[10] Following the life and self-discovery of Calliope Stephanides, or later, Cal, an intersex person raised a girl, but hormonally a boy, Middlesex also broadly deals with the Greek-American immigrant experience in the United States, the rise and fall of Detroit, and explores the experience of an intersex person in the USA.

The Marriage Plot

After a nine-year gap, Eugenides published his third novel, The Marriage Plot, in October 2011. The novel follows three young adults enmeshed in a love triangle, as they graduate from Brown University and establish themselves in the world. Eugenides is currently at work developing a television screenplay of the novel, which was a finalist of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 2011; a New York Times notable book for 2011; and one of the top books of the year according to lists made by Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and The Telegraph.[11]

Eugenides has revealed that his next literary project will be a book of short stories "[...] which will be a very mixed bag of stories, quite different, not all arranged around a certain theme", and that he has an idea for a fourth novel: "I have an idea; I don't know if it's going to work. But it's going to be a larger canvas, many more characters than in [The Marriage Plot]. Again, I'm going to respond to a very small directive. It's going to be written, well, I'm not going to say — but I know how it's going to be written and what the structure's going to be, and it's going to be quite different than The Marriage Plot."[12]

Awards and honors

List of works

Short story collections
  • Untitled short story collection (forthcoming)
Short stories
  • "The Speed of Sperm". Granta (54 (Best of Young American Novelists)). Summer 1996.  (Subscription Required)


  1. ^ "Jeffrey Eugenides – Harper Collins Author Profile". HarperCollins UK. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g James Gibbons (Winter 2011). "Jeffrey Eugenides, The Art of Fiction No. 215". The Paris Review. 
  3. ^ "The Daily Beast – Eugenides Returns!". Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Eugenides, Jeffrey (2002). Jeffrey Eugenides. Interview with  
  5. ^ A Conversation with Jeffrey Eugenides" – Interview""".  
  6. ^ Hughes, Evan (2011-10-09). "Is ‘The Marriage Plot’ by Jeffrey Eugenides Based in Reality? – New York Magazine". Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  7. ^ [3] Archived April 2, 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^  
  9. ^ [4] Archived December 16, 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Jeffrey Eugenides (1960-01-08). "Middlesex | Jeffrey Eugenides | Macmillan". Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  11. ^ "National Book Critics Circle: National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists for Publishing Year 2011 – Critical Mass Blog". 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  12. ^ "Jeffrey Eugenides: I don't Know Why Jodi Picoult Is Belly-Aching". Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  13. ^ "Jeffrey Eugenides erhält WELT-Literaturpreis". Buch Markt (in German). October 14, 2003. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Princeton University – FACULTY AWARD: Eight named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences". Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  15. ^ "American Academy of Arts and Sciences : 2013 Fellows" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  16. ^ "Brown confers nine honorary degrees". Brown University. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 

External links

  • Jeffrey Eugenides, Princeton University Creative Writing Program
  • Articles by Jeffrey Eugenides on the 5th Estate blog
  • "Great Experiment", The New Yorker, 31 March 2008
  • Read "Extreme Solitude" story in New Yorker
  • Jeffrey Eugenides at the Internet Movie Database
  • Profile at The Whiting Foundation
  • 2012 Whiting Writers' Award Keynote Speech
  • Video of Eugenides with Salman Rushdie, "LIVE", New York Public Library, June 27, 2008
  • Video of Eugenides with Daniel Kehlmann, PEN World Voices, May 4, 2008
  • , "Interview with Terry Gross", WHYY, aired on 2002-09-24Fresh Air
  • James Gibbons (Winter 2011). "Jeffrey Eugenides, The Art of Fiction No. 215". Paris Review. 
  • "Interview", 3am Magazine, 2003
  • interview
  • "Interview", Guardian Unlimited Books
  • Editor & Author, Jonathan Galassi and Jeffrey Eugenides "Works in Progress", 21 July 2010
  • A Conversation with Jeffrey Eugenides "Oprah", 5 June 2007
  • Nine Years After Middlesex "Wall Street Journal", 30 September 2011
  • Interview: Jeffrey Eugenides on writing in C major "LA Times", 29 October 2011
  • Marriage, plot and Jeffrey Eugenides – 2012 Brisbane Writers Festival – (Interview and Q&A) – Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Jeffrey Eugenides: The Excitement of Writing – 2012 Louisiana Literature festival – Video by Louisiana Channel.
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