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<h2 class="nci-h2-featured">Curtis Sittenfeld is the 21st Zale-Kimmerling Writer-In-Residence (Fall 2006)


Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of three bestselling novels. Sittenfeld was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended boarding school in Groton, Massachusetts where she gained inspiration for her first novel, Prep. The summer before her senior year of high school, Curtis won Seventeen Magazine’s fiction contest. After graduating, she attended Vassar College before she transferred to Stanford University. While studying creative writing at Stanford, she was chosen as one of Glamour Magazine’s College Women of the Year. After earning an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa she went on to be the writer in residence at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C.

Her first novel, Prep, was published in 2005 and was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of the year by The New York Times, optioned by Paramount Pictures, and nominated for the UK’s Orange Prize. The Man of My Dreams, Curtis’ second novel, is a coming of age story that follows a young girl from the end of the 8th grade, through her high school and college years, and into her late twenties. Her latest novel, American Wife, is the story of a fictional woman who shares many similarities with former First Lady, Laura Bush. The book examines the life of the whole woman, flaws and all.

Curtis continues to write short stories and articles that have appeared in many publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Glamour, and on NPR’s This American Life. Curtis Sittenfeld was the lagniappe Zale Writer-in-Residence in the fall of 2006.


American Wife

The Man of My Dreams (2007)

Prep (2005)

From the Archives

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