Claire Messud

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Claire Messud at the Brooklyn Book Festival, September 2009

Claire Messud (* 1966 in Greenwich , Connecticut ) is an American writer.


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."

- Peter Henning : Spiegel online

"Well told, atmospheric, exciting and emotional, without being sentimental."




Web links

Commons : Claire Messud  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The summers when we lost each other. Spiegel online, August 19, 2018, accessed May 3, 2019 .
  2. Everyone loses a best friend at some point., February 2, 2018, accessed on May 2, 2019 .