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<h2 class="nci-h2-featured">Claire Messud is the 24th Zale-Kimmerling Writer-In-Residence (2009)


Claire Messud was born in the United States in 1966 to a French father and a Canadian mother.  She was raised in Sydney, Australia and Toronto, Canada, before returning to the States in 1980.

Educated at Yale and Cambridge universities, Messud lived in London until 1995, where she was Deputy Editor of the Guardian newspaper’s Women’s Page. Claire has taught at various colleges and universities, including Amherst College and Kenyon College, and in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College.

She has written reviews and articles for numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Nation, Daily Telegraph (London), London Times, TLS and others. Her first novel, When the World Was Steady (1995), and her book of novellas, The Hunters (2001), were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award; her second novel, The Last Life (1999), was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and Editor’s Choice at The Village Voice; all three books were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her most recent novel, The Emperor’s Children (2006), was on several best books of the year lists, including the Los Angeles Times, Economist, Chicago Tribune, and People magazine, and was named one of the “10 Best Books of the Year” for 2006 by the New York Times Book Review.

Claire Messud is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, and the Straus Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Messud lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.

by Gera Williams '11


The Emperor's Children (2006)

The Hunters (2001)

The Last Life (1999)

When the World Was Steady (1995)

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