Ian McEwan, one of the most acclaimed literary novelists working today, is also one of the most adventurous. His books are as unsettling for their insights into the human condition as they are for their at times macabre situations and plotlines. But however unexpected the story, McEwan always delivers a work of wonderfully fluid writing and distinct, memorable characters.
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Date of Birth:
June 21, 1948
Place of Birth:
B.A., University of Sussex, 1970; M.A., University of East Anglia, 1971
Somerset Maugham Award, 1976; Whitbread Award, 1987; The Booker Prize, 1998; Fellow, Royal Society of Literature; National Book Critics' Circle Fiction Award, 2003
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|McEwan's Latest||Selected Works|
|On Chesil Beach|
Ian McEwan's emotionally charged novel follows an inexperienced young couple through their disastrous wedding night at a Dorset hotel in 1962. Very much in love, Edward and Florence are predictably nervous, but for different reasons. He longs to consummate the marriage; she is repelled by the very idea. Locked in their inhibitions and unable to discuss their fears and needs, they are victims not only of personal experience but of a distinctively British brand of repression destined to crumble in the sexual revolution. Brief and elegiac, On Chesil Beach spotlights the talents of a literary grand master at the top of his game.
The Cement Garden (1978)|
The Child in Time (1987)
Black Dogs (1992)
On Chesil Beach (2007)
Ian McEwan chronology
|The Best Book to Read First|
McEwan's "masterfully crafted" (Publishers Weekly) saga of love and secrecy traced through history has been hailed as a stunning example of the author's eloquence and power of imagination.
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|Kudos from Cleary|
|In an interview with Barnes & Noble.com, legendary children's author Beverly Cleary (Ramona Quimby, Age 8 mentioned McEwan when we asked her about favorite books: "Novels by British writers are among my favorites because our family has enjoyed travel in England and because they are written with an economy of words as if they were written with a pen instead of a computer.... Recently I have read Flight of the Maidens by Jane Gardam and Atonement by Ian McEwan and have recommended them to others. |
|Winner of the Booker Prize||A Magical Book for Children|
Winner of the 1998 Booker Prize, Amsterdam is a story of friendship and politics that is transformed, under the author's skillful direction, into a modern morality play. It's McEwan at his most sardonic and wickedly humorous.
Ian McEwan, Anthony Browne (Illustrator)
With his reputation for macabre, distinctly adult subjects, few expected McEwan would write a children's book, much less this widely praised work of imaginative literature, in which the daydreams of hero Peter Fortune become magical episodes of transformation.
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