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Ann Beattie

35th annual Key West Literary Seminar

Revealing Power: The Literature of Politics
January 12–15, 2017

Ann Beattie is a novelist and short-story writer who has been called the “most popular and admired writer of her generation” by the New York Times. Her fiction first captivated readers in the mid-1970s, when, at twenty-six, she began publishing regularly in the New Yorker. She has since published nine volumes of short stories, including The New Yorker Stories, consisting of forty-eight stories originally published in the magazine.

Long considered a voice of the post-hippie generation, Beattie’s stories originally explored the lives of self-involved characters undergoing burgeoning adulthood and sexual liberation set against the backdrop of a shifting America. With her bare bones, minimalistic prose style, she heavily influenced a generation of short-story writers to whom terms such as Beattiesque, Beattieland, and the Beattie generation were applied. As Beattie grew older, so, too, did her characters. In a 2010 interview with the Paris Review, Christopher Cox says of her work “a temperament characterized by youthful impatience has given way to a mellow graciousness.”

Beattie’s fiction has been included in four O. Henry Award Collections, in John Updike’s Best American Short Stories of the Century, and in Jennifer Egan’s Best American Short Stories 2014. She received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story, and the Rea Award for the Short Story. She was the Edgar Allan Poe Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She and her husband, the painter Lincoln Perry, live in Maine and Key West, Florida.

Selected Bibliography

The State We’re In: Maine Stories (2015)
The New Yorker Stories (2011)
Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines A Life (2011)
Walks With Men (2010)
Perfect Recall (2000)
Another You (1995)
Where You’ll Find Me and Other Stories (1986)
Distortions (1976)

Online Resources

Ann Beattie profiled in the Nation
On Ann Beattie from Slate.com
Ann Beattie interviewed in the Paris Review

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