Messud comes from a Canadian-French family, the mother is Canadian, the father French of Algerian origin; she grew up in the United States, Canada and Australia , attended Milton Academy in Massachusetts, and then studied at Yale University and Cambridge University , where she met her husband.
Claire Messud published her first novel in 1995 and had a worldwide success with the city novel The Emperor's Children . She teaches at various American colleges and is married to the British literary critic James Wood ; the couple have two children and live in Washington, DC and Somerville , Massachusetts .
- 1995 When The World Was Steady (novel)
- 1999 The Last Life (novel)
- And in between the sea, from Christiane Filius-Jehne; Cologne: Kiepenheuer and Witsch 2001. ISBN 3-462-02976-2
- 2001 The Hunters (contains the two short novels A Simple Tale and The Hunters )
- Family Jäger, German by Dora Winkler; Munich: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt 2004. ISBN 3-421-05681-1
- 2006 The Emperor's Children (novel)
- The emperor's children, German by Sabine Hübner. Munich: Deutsche Verlagsanstalt 2007. ISBN 3-421-04204-7 .
- 2013 The Woman Upstairs
- 2017 The Burning Girl ( novel)
- The Burning Girl, German by Monika Baark, Hamburg: Hoffmann and Campe 2018, ISBN 978-3455003925 .
Comments on the latest novel The Burning Girl :
"It testifies to Messud's literary subtlety and empathy, as she describes the two friends, who come from very different family constellations, in their joint search for support and fusion."
"Well told, atmospheric, exciting and emotional, without being sentimental."
- 1995 When The World Was Steady nominated for the PEN / Faulkner Award .
- 2002 Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
- 2003 Mildred and Harold Strauss Livings Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
- 2006 The Emperor's Children nominated for the Booker Prize
- 2010/11 fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin
- Claire Messud: Too close for comfort . Review of the work of Elena Ferrante . In: Financial Times , August 29, 2015, p. 7
- Literature by and about Claire Messud in the catalog of the German National Library
- Articles and reviews by Claire Messud in the Archives of the New York Review of Books
- Articles and reviews by Claire Messud in The Nation archives
- Portrait in the New York Times, September 6, 2006 (English)
- Portrait in the Guardian, August 20, 2006 (English)
- Claire Messud talks about The Emperor's Children (video / english)
- autobiographical essay by Claire Messud for Smithsonian Magazine, April 2008
- Claire Messud's review of JM Coetzee's novel Diary of a Bad Year for the Boston Globe, December 30, 2007
- Claire Messud on her experiences at the Palestine Festival of Literature 2009 (in the Boston Globe, June 29, 2009)
- Claire Messud reads her story Land Divers from the New York Review of Books, July 16, 2009 (mp3 / English; 23.1 MB)
- The summers when we lost each other. Spiegel online, August 19, 2018, accessed May 3, 2019 .
- Everyone loses a best friend at some point. femundo.de, February 2, 2018, accessed on May 2, 2019 .
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American writer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1966|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Greenwich , Connecticut|