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Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer, photo by Matt Stuart
Geoff Dyer, photo by Matt Stuart

Geoff Dyer was born in Cheltenham, England, in 1958. He was educated at the local grammar school and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is the author of many nonfiction books and four novels. He is also editor of John Berger: Selected Essays and The Bad Side of Books: Selected Essays of D.H. Lawrence.

Dyer has been a recipient of the Somerset Maugham Award, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award. In 2009 he was named one of GQ’s Men of the Year (Writer). In 2015 he received the Windham-Campbell Prize in nonfiction and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His collection of essays Otherwise Known as the Human Condition won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism in 2011. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages.

Dyer has been called “one of the funniest writers alive” by the Chicago Tribune. He is a regular contributor to many publications, such as Harper’s Magazine and the New York Times, and often writes about tennis and soccer. In 20o9 he was contracted to write a book about tennis, but delivered a book on Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 film Stalker instead.

He currently lives in Los Angeles where he is writer in residence at the University of Southern California.

selected bibliography

White Sands by Geoff Dyer
White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World (2016)
Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room by Geoff Dyer
Zona: A Book about a Film about a Journey to a Room (2012)
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition by Geoff Dyer
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition (2011)
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi (2009)

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online resources

Geoff Dyer’s website
“Twenty Questions with Dyer,” the Times Literary Supplement, November 5, 2018
“The Peculiar Pleasures of the Grand Slam Stands,” by Geoff Dyer, the New York Times Magazine, August 24, 2017
“Tennis Lessons: The Meaning of the Game,” by Geoff Dyer, Harper’s Magazine, September 2016
“The Art of Nonfiction No. 6,” an interview with Dyer in the Paris Review, Winter 2013

Video: Dyer and Steve Martin discuss White Sands at the Getty