Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Eugenides

American writer
Date of Birth: 13.04.1960
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Jeffrey Eugenides
  2. Inspiration and Early Career
  3. Literary Success
  4. Future Projects

Biography of Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Kent Eugenides is an American writer known for his short stories and novels. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, to a Greek father and an Irish-English mother. Eugenides attended Brown University where he met fellow writer Rick Moody. After completing his undergraduate studies, Eugenides traveled through Europe before returning to Brown University for his graduate degree. He continued his education and received a master's degree from Stanford University.

Jeffrey Eugenides

Inspiration and Early Career

Eugenides decided to become a writer during his senior year of high school after being deeply affected by James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." Throughout his career, Eugenides remained captivated by modernist authors such as Joyce, Marcel Proust, William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, Thomas Pynchon, and John Barth. His upbringing in Detroit also greatly influenced his writing, as he developed a unique love for his hometown.

Jeffrey Eugenides

In 1986, Eugenides received a fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his story "Here Comes Winston, Full of the Holy Spirit." He lived in San Francisco for a period before settling in Brooklyn, New York, where he worked as a secretary for the Academy of American Poets. It was during his time in New York that Eugenides formed relationships with several notable authors, including Jonathan Franzen.

Jeffrey Eugenides

Literary Success

Eugenides published his first novel, "The Virgin Suicides," in 1993. The book was translated into 34 languages and later adapted into a successful film. After focusing on short stories and essays for nearly a decade, Eugenides released his second novel, "Middlesex," in 2002. The book received critical acclaim and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003.

From 1999 to 2004, Eugenides lived in Berlin, Germany, thanks to a grant for studying abroad. In the fall of 2007, he settled in Princeton, New Jersey, where he currently resides. His third novel, "The Marriage Plot," was published in October 2011. Eugenides is currently working on adapting the book into a screenplay.

Future Projects

Eugenides has mentioned his plans to work on a collection of short stories. The collection is expected to include a series of loosely connected stories on various themes, possibly featuring beloved characters from his previous works. With warm reviews from critics and readers, Eugenides is confident in the success of his upcoming collection.