Claire Messud: Biography

Claire Messud

08 okt 1968

The great American novelist and a professor of creative writing - Claire Messud is well known for her novel, ‘The Emperor’s Children’ published in 2006. The novel got wide recognition that it was selected as one of the ten best books of year 2006 by The New York Times and was also listed for the Man Booker Prize.

Claire’s writing talent was very well recognised by the critics through her very first novel. Her debut novel, ‘When the World was Steady’ was nominated for the Pen/Faulkner Award. Claire has not only written novels but also has contributed articles to ‘The New York Review of books’ and is a member on the editorial board of the magazine, ‘The Common’ at Amherst College.

Although Claire was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, she spend majority of her childhood in U.S, Australia and Canada. She did her graduation in U.S. It was at Cambridge University that she met the British literary critic James Wood, whom she married later, and the couple are currently living in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Being a professor of creative writing, Claire Messud has worked at various colleges and universities teaching creative writing. In order to honour her talent, The American Academy of Arts and Letters granted her the Addison Metcalf Award and a Strauss Living Award. She was also considered for the prestigious Granta Best of Young British Novelists list during the year 2003 inspite of the fact that she did not hold a passport of that country.