Michael Cunningham is an American novelist with a critically acclaimed and
award winning book that has set him up as one the great American authors of this
century. He was born on November 6, 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio. However, he grew
up in Pasadena, California. He has declared that he is openly gay. Yet he does
not like to be referred to as a gay writer. He is cited as saying that just
because he is gay and a writer, these should not be the defining qualities of
who he is.
In 1998, Cunningham wrote the novel, The Hours. This novel launched his career
as a writer and instructor of writing. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for
fiction, an incredible and extremely difficult award to win. This novel also
went on to win the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1999.
Cunningham earned his bachelorís degree in English literature from Stanford
University, and then later went on to receive his Master of Fine Arts degree
from the very famous and prestigious Iowa Writerís Workshop. He has gone on to
write many short stories that have been published in the Atlantic Monthly
magazine, and the Paris Review. Since his time at the Iowa Writerís Workshop, he
has edited several famous authorsí works, including Walt Whitman, and has
adapted a novel into a screenplay.
Cunningham is currently a professor at Yale University where he is a professor
of creative writing. His is in a long-term partnership with the psychoanalyst
Ken Corbett. His most recent novel is, Specimen Days.