Saturday, January 12, 2008

Jeffrey Eugenides

Anna Metcalfe interviewed Jeffrey Eugenides for the Financial Times.

Three questions from the Q & A:

What is the last thing you read that made you laugh out loud?

The Information by Martin Amis.

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What book changed your life?

James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It made me want to be a writer.

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Which literary character most resembles you?

Levin in Anna Karenina. He, too, is preoccupied with religious transcendence and clumsy in love.

Read the full Q & A.

Jeffrey Eugenides is a professor of creative writing at Princeton University. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published in 1993. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his second book, Middlesex, in 2002.

Eugenides' latest work, My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead, is an edited collection of love stories.

--Marshal Zeringue