Actions

Articles

Michael Cunningham

From WikiLove - The Encyclopedia of Love

{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Michael Cunningham (born November 6, 1952)[1] is an American writer. He is best known for his 1998 novel The Hours, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1999. Cunningham is a senior lecturer of creative writing at Yale University.

Contents

Early life and education

Cunningham was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up in Pasadena, California. He studied English literature at Stanford University where he earned his degree. Later, at the University of Iowa, he received a Michener Fellowship and was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. While studying at Iowa, he had short stories published in the Atlantic Monthly and the Paris Review. His short story "White Angel" was later used as a chapter in his novel A Home at the End of the World. It was included in "The Best American Short Stories, 1989", published by Houghton Mifflin.

In 1993, Cunningham received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 1998 a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. In 1995 he was awarded a Whiting Award. Cunningham has taught at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and in the creative writing M.F.A. program at Brooklyn College. He is a senior lecturer of creative writing at Yale University.

Career

The Hours established Cunningham as a major force in American writing, and his 2010 novel, By Nightfall, was also well received by American critics.[2] Cunningham edited a book of poetry and prose by Walt Whitman, Laws for Creations, and co-wrote, with Susan Minot, a screenplay adapted from Minot's novel Evening. He was a producer for the 2007 film Evening, starring Glenn Close, Toni Collette, and Meryl Streep.

In November 2010, Cunningham judged one of NPR's "Three Minute Fiction" contests.[3]

Personal life

Although Cunningham is gay and was in a long-term domestic partnership with psychoanalyst Ken Corbett,[4] he dislikes being referred to as a gay writer, according to a PlanetOut article.[5] While he often writes about gay people, he does not "want the gay aspects of [his] books to be perceived as their single, primary characteristic."[6]

Bibliography

Images:Michael Cunningham 3 by David Shankbone.jpg
Cunningham reading at a W. H. Auden tribute in New York.

Novels

Nonfiction

Screenplays

Contributor

Awards and achievements

For The Hours, Cunningham was awarded the:

In 1995, Cunningham received the a Whiting Award.

In 2011 Cunningham won The Fernanda Pivano Award for American Literature in Italy. [7]

References

External links

{{#invoke:Side box|main}}

Template:PulitzerPrize Fiction 1976–2000

{{#invoke:Authority control|authorityControl}}