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Author who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her novel A Thousand Acres. Speaker on Reading and Culture, Fiction and Creativity

Author Jane Smiley, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning  A Thousand Acres, the much-acclaimed The Greenlanders, as well as many other novels, short stories, non-fiction books, and young adult novels. She is a prolific author who has written on politics, farming, horse training, literature, impulse buying, marriage, and many other topics. Her most recent book…

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Author Jane Smiley, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning  A Thousand Acres, the much-acclaimed The Greenlanders, as well as many other novels, short stories, non-fiction books, and young adult novels. She is a prolific author who has written on politics, farming, horse training, literature, impulse buying, marriage, and many other topics. Her most recent book is Golden Age, the third in a trilogy that spans 100 years of a Midwestern family’s history.

Smiley has written about politics, horse training, sex, Hollywood, farming, literature, marriage, Barbie . . . and the list goes on. It’s no wonder Time magazine once asked, “Is there anything Jane Smiley cannot do?”

During her years as a published author—her first novel was published in 1980—two of Jane Smiley’s novels have been made into movies: A Thousand Acres, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and The Age of Grief, which was developed into The Secret Lives of Dentists.

The recipient of an MFA and a Ph.D., Jane Smiley is the author of twelve novels, as well as many essays for such magazines as Vogue, The New Yorker,The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Practical Horseman, and others. She has been a Fulbright Scholar (a year in Iceland) and was a professor of English for 15 years at Iowa State University, where she taught creative writing workshops at the undergraduate and graduate level. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001, and in 2006 she was awarded the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature.

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