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									Michael CunninghamMichael Cunningham
From his critically-acclaimed debut novel A Home at the End of the World to his Pulitzer Prize-winning homage to Virginia Woolf, The Hours, Michael Cunningham has earned a reputation for using his particular way with words to bring out a story's soul.

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Michael Cunningham
Current Home:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
November 6, 1952
Place of Birth:
Cincinnati, Ohio
B.A., Stanford University, 1975; M.F.A., University of Iowa, 1980
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1999; PEN/Faulkner Award, 1999 for The Hours

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Cunningham's Latest

Published Works

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								Specimen Days, Author: 
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Specimen Days
by Michael Cunningham
A genre-bending, haunting ode to life in our greatest city, Cunningham's presents a collection of fantastical vignettes that span the ages, with poet Walt Whitman presiding over things like a muse. Producer Scott Rudin (who also produced the movie version of The Hours), recently bought the film rights to this daring new work.

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*  A Home at the End of the World (1990)
*  Flesh and Blood (1995)
*  The Hours (1998)
*  Land's End: A Walk Through Provincetown (2002)
*  Specimen Days (2005)

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Cunningham's Reading Recommendations

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								Anna Karenina (Pevear and Volokhonsky translation), Author: 
								Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator).

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Anna Karenina (Pevear and Volokhonsky translation)
by Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
"Almost everybody, no matter how well educated, is walking around with at least a few secret lapses in his or her literary underpinnings," Cunningham reflects. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy made Cunningham's list of classics not to be missed out on; read on for the rest, including:

*  Middlemarch   by George Eliot
*  The Portrait of a Lady   by Henry James
*  Bleak House   by Charles Dickens
*  To the Lighthouse   by Virginia Woolf, Foreword by Eudora Welty

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Illuminating the Dark Side

In a recent interview with PBS's Elizabeth Farnsworth, Cunningham explained why his novels tend to have a rather shadowy undertone: "I can't imagine wanting to write a novel that wasn't about darkness in some way," Cunningham admitted. "I don't feel like we need much help with our happiness. The Kodak moments we can manage on our own."

The Pulitzer Prize Winner

Cunningham's Inspiration

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								The Hours, Author: 
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The Hours
by Michael Cunningham
Cunningham's self-described "riff" on Virginia Woolf's classic meditation, Mrs. Dalloway, The Hours won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999, and was adapted for the silver screen as the Oscar favorite starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman.

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								Mrs. Dalloway, Author: 
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Mrs. Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf
In an interview with Barnes &, Cunningham described the impact Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway had on him at fifteen: "I'd never seen sentences of such complexity, musicality, density, and beauty. I remember thinking, "Hey, she was doing with language something like what Jimi Hendrix does with a guitar." Read more about Cunningham's favorite books, including:

*Madame Bovary  by Gustave Flaubert
*The Magic Mountain  by Thomas Mann
*The Manikin  by Joanna Scott
*Disgrace  by J. M. Coetzee
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