Edith Pearlman: Biography

Edith Pearlman

26 jun 1936

A prolific author, Edith Pearlman has published over 250 works of short fiction and non-fiction in numerous magazines, journals, anthologies and online publications. Commenting on “Honeydew”, Pearlman’s most recent and widely acclaimed collection of short stories, the Boston Globe says, “Pearlman is our greatest living American short story writer.” According to the London Times, she is the best short story writer in the world.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1936, and a graduate of Radcliffe College, Pearlman has worked as a computer programmer and in a soup kitchen. She dabbled in writing for many years, even having won a Syndicated Fiction Award as early as 1987, but only began to receive the great acclaim that she now has in her writing career late in life. It was in 2011, at the age of 73, that Pearlman emerged onto the literary scene when her collection, “Binocular Vision,” became the first book to ever be a finalist for the National Book Award, the Story Prize, The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award (which it won).

Pearlman currently writes about six fictional short stories per year, along with a few non-fiction pieces. She believes that a writer’s role is to both entertain and clarify the bit if the world she writes about. She advises new fiction authors to read a great deal and to revise each story at least three times. Pearlman lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband, and they have two children.