Claire Messud

Claire Messud is an American novelist and literature and creative writing professor. She is best known as the author of the 2006 novel The Emperor’s Children. She lives with her husband and family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, Messud grew up in the United States, Australia, and Canada, returning to the United States as a teenager. Messud’s mother is Canadian, and her father is French from French Algeria. She was educated at Milton Academy, Yale University, and Cambridge University, where she met her spouse, the British literary critic James Wood. Messud also briefly attended the MFA program at Syracuse University.

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Books in order of publication:

When the World Was Steady. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. 1995. 

The Last Life: A Novel. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1999. 

The Hunters – 2001

The Professor’s History, Picador, 2006

The Emperor’s Children. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. 29 August 2006. 

The Woman Upstairs. Knopf Canada. 30 April 2013. 

The Burning Girl. W. W. Norton & Company. 2017. 

Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write. An Autobiography in Essays. W. W. Norton & Company. 2020.

A Dream Life – 2021

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