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Susan Shreve

Susan Shreve (also known as Susan Richards Shreve) is an American novelist, memoirist, and children’s book author. She has published fourteen novels, most recently You Are the Love of My Life (2012), and a memoir Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood (2007). She has also published thirty books for children, most recently The Lovely Shoes (2011), and co-edited five anthologies. Shreve founded the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing program at George Mason University in 1980, where she teaches fiction writing. She is the co-chairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She lives in Washington, DC.[1]

Susan Shreve
SusanShreveHeadshot.jpg
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania,
University of Virginia
Genrenovel, memoir, children's literature!

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Early lifeEdit

Susan Shreve was born May 2, 1939 in Toledo, Ohio, but moved with her family to Washington, DC at the age of three.

EducationEdit

Susan received a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961, and an MA in English from the University of Virginia in 1969.

CareerEdit

She founded the MFA in Creative Writing program at George Mason University in 1980 and has taught there ever since. She has been a visiting professor at Columbia School of the Arts, Princeton University, and Goucher College. She has received a Guggenheim Award for Fiction, a National Endowment grant for Fiction, the Jenny Moore Chair in Creative Writing at George Washington University, the Grub Street Prize for non-fiction, the Poets and Writers’ Service award, and the Sidwell Friends School Outstanding Alumni Award.[2]

Shreve published her first novel, A Fortunate Madness, in 1974.[3] Thirteen novels have followed. A Country of Strangers (1989), "a sweet, sad portrait of two families, one white, one black, living side by side in Virginia during WW II".[4] is under option for film. She published a novel Glimmer under the pseudonym Annie Waters in 1997.[5] Shreve wrote about her experience as a patient at FDR's polio clinic in her memoir Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood (2007).[6] Her most recent novel is You Are the Love of My Life (2012).

Shreve's children's books include the Joshua T. Bates series (1984-2000), Blister (2001), an ALA Notable Book and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book, and most recently The Lovely Shoes (2011). When writing for young readers, she publishes as Susan Shreve.[7]

WorksEdit

NovelsEdit

  • You Are the Love of My Life New York : W W Norton, 2012. ISBN 9780393345940, OCLC 812254177
  • A Student of Living Things, New York, N.Y.: Plume, 2007. ISBN 9780452288492, OCLC 148697093
  • Plum and Jaggers Seattle, WA : AmazonEncore, 2001. ISBN 9781477819456, OCLC 865494931
  • Glimmer, New York : Berkley Books, 1997. ISBN 9780425164846, OCLC 39198345, published under the pseudonym Annie Waters
  • The Visiting Physician New York: N.A. Talese, 1996. ISBN 9780385477017, OCLC 32893393
  • The Train Home New York : Ivy Books, 1993. ISBN 9780804112949, OCLC 31026061
  • Daughters of the New World New York : Ballantine Books, 1994. ISBN 9780804111232, OCLC 1012620350
  • A Country of Strangers Sceptre, 1990. ISBN 9780340525524, OCLC 21231291
  • Queen of Hearts New York : Pocket Books, 1988. ISBN 9780671647643, OCLC 17744667
  • Dreaming of Heroes New York : Berkley Books, 1984. ISBN 9780425085356, OCLC 13285106
  • Miracle Play New York : Playboy, 1982. ISBN 9780867211825, OCLC 8951593
  • Children of Power New York : Berkley Books, 1979. ISBN 9780425044780, OCLC 6843057
  • A Woman Like That] New York : Atheneum, 1977; London : H. Hamilton, 1978. ISBN 9780241899724, OCLC 16437786
  • A fortunate madness Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1974. ISBN 9780395185001, OCLC 866508

MemoirEdit

  • Warm Springs : Traces of a Childhood at Fdr's Polio Haven, Boston : Mariner Books, 2008. OCLC 1036979087

Edited AnthologiesEdit

Novels for Children (as Susan Shreve)Edit

Personal lifeEdit

She married Porter Shreve, with whom she had four children.[8] Shreve later married noted literary agent Timothy Seldes.[9] Her oldest son is the author Porter Shreve.

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