Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, the third son of an American-born father, whose Greek parents emigrated from Asia Minor, and an American mother of Anglo-Irish descent. Mr. Eugenides was educated at public and private schools, graduated from Brown University, and received an MA in English and creative writing from Stanford University in 1986. Two years later, he published his first short story. Mr. Eugenides’s first novel, The Virgin Suicides (FSG), was published in 1993. His fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Yale Review, Best American Short Stories, Gettysburg Review, and Granta. His many awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Harold D. Vursell Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. From 1999–2001, he received fellowships in Berlin from the DAAD Berlin Artist Program and The American Academy in Berlin, where he completed his second novel. Middlesex won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. He and his wife, artist Karen Yama, remained in Berlin for several years before moving to Chicago and, recently, to Princeton, where he began teaching as a professor of creative writing in the University Center for the Creative and Performing Arts of Princeton University. The Eugenides family still spends much of their summer in Berlin, except for this year, when Mr. Eugenides was guest writer at the Salzburg Festival.
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