Michael Cunningham
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Michael Cunningham (born November 6, 1952)[1] is an American novelist and screenwriter. 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.
Michael Cunningham

June 2007
BornNovember 6, 1952 (age 68)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Authorscreenwritersenior lecturer in creative writing at Yale University
EducationStanford University
Iowa Writers' Workshop
Notable workThe Hours
Notable awardsPulitzer Prize for Fiction
PEN/Faulkner Award
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 1988 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.
The Hours established Cunningham as a major force in the American writing sphere, and his 2010 novel, By Nightfall, was also well received by U.S. critics.[2] Cunningham edited a book of poetry and prose by Walt Whitman,[3] 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.[4]
In April 2018, it was announced that Cunningham would serve as consulting producer for a revival of the Tales of the City miniseries, which is based on Armistead Maupin's book series of the same name.[5] The miniseries premiered on June 7, 2019.
Personal life
Although Cunningham is gay and was in a long-term domestic partnership with psychoanalyst Ken Corbett,[6] he dislikes being referred to as a gay writer, according to a PlanetOut article.[7] 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."[8] Cunningham lives and works in Manhattan.[9]
Cunningham reading at a W. H. Auden tribute in New York, 2007
Short stories
A Wild Swan and Other Tales (2015), Farrar, Straus and Giroux {ISBN|978-0374290252}}, collection of 11 short stories:
"Dis. Enchant.", "A Wild Swan", "Crazy Old Lady", "Jacked", "Poisoned", "A Monkey's Paw", "Little Man", "Steadfast; Tin", "Beasts", "Her Hair", "Ever/After"
Uncollected short stories:
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.[11]
See also
  1. ^ "Meet the Writers: Michael Cunningham". barnesandnoble.com. Barnes & Noble. c. 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
  2. ^ metacritic entry on "Specimen Days"[dead link]
  3. ^ "For Every Atom Belonging to Me: Poet Michael Cunningham", Radio Netherlands Archives, October 7, 2006
  4. ^ "Three-Minute Fiction: The Winner Is ..."
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (April 24, 2018). "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City Revival Gets Series Order At Netflix; Ellen Page Joins Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  6. ^ Leland, John (October 24, 2002). "At Home With: Michael Cunningham; This Is the House The Book Bought". The New York Times. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  7. ^ PlanetOut Entertainment Archived August 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Moore, Chadwick (September 30, 2010). "Catching Up with Michael Cunningham". Out. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ http://www.charleslanepress.com/fallriverboys
  11. ^ "Le menzogne di Cunningham e la musica di Servillo - la Repubblica.it".
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