Elizabeth Frank -- winner of the the Pulitzer Prize for her 1986 biography of poet Louise Bogan -- grew up in McCarthy-era Hollywood; and mines the memories of that peculiar historical moment in her debut novel, Cheat and Charmer.
Elizabeth Frank won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for her biography Louise Bogan: A Portrait. She is also the author of Jackson Pollock and Esteban Vicente. She has written many articles and book reviews on art and literature for The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, and Art in America, among others. She is the Joseph E. Harry Professor of Modern Languages and Literature at Bard College.
Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.
Good To Know
In our interview with Frank, she shared some fun and fascinating insights about herself with us:
"Writers live fairly dull, monotonous lives, because everything percolating within them goes into the work."
"My daughter, Annie, a senior in high school, keeps me on my toes. I like to swim but hate hot weather, and I am afraid of heights. I like bittersweet chocolate and Bulgarian rakiya. I like painting and go to galleries and museums often. I think my daughter wishes I were a more ‘outdoors' sort of person -- I'm basically not."
"Growing up in Hollywood was fun and interesting but I'm glad I don't live there anymore."
"I am absolutely opposed to the war in Iraq."
"I love my work and have no hobbies. Everything feeds my work and what I want most in the world is more time to do it. When I'm not writing, I'm either reading or talking with people who interest me and whom I care about."
"My dislikes: war, especially preemptive war, bigotry and prejudice, violence, the waste of lives and possibilities, political lies."