Writer and Professor of Creative Writing, Princeton University
Berlin Prize Fellow - Class of Fall 2000 and Class of Spring 2001
Jeffrey Eugenides is the author of the novel The Virgin Suicides (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1993). His fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Yale Review, Best American Short Stories, and Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. His 1996 New Yorker story “Baster” became the basis for the 2010 romantic comedy The Switch. Eugenides’ 2002 novel, Middlesex, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the Ambassador Book Award. Part of it was set in Berlin, Germany, where Eugenides lived from 1999 to 2004, but it was chiefly concerned with the Greek-American immigrant experience in the United States, against the rise and fall of Detroit. Eugenides is also the editor of the collection of short stories titled My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead, and his third novel, The Marriage Plot (FSG, 2011 ), was critically acclaimed.
Eugenides is the recipient of a number of awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Foundation for the Arts, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Henry D. Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was also a Fellow in the Berliner Künstlerprogramm of the DAAD.
In the fall of 2007, Eugenides joined the faculty of Princeton University’s Program in Creative Writing.