Helen DeWitt

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Helen DeWitt (born 1957 in Takoma Park, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.) is a novelist. She is the author of the highly praised novels, The Last Samurai (2000), Your Name Here (2007), and Lightning Rods (2012). She lives in Berlin.[1]

Life[edit]

DeWitt grew up primarily in South America (Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador[2]), as her parents worked in the United States diplomatic service. After a year at Northfield Mount Hermon School and two short periods at Smith College, DeWitt studied classics at the University of Oxford, first at Lady Margaret Hall, and then at Brasenose College for her D.Phil.

Work[edit]

DeWitt is best known for her acclaimed debut novel, The Last Samurai. She held a variety of jobs while struggling to finish a book, including a dictionary text tagger, a copytaker, and Dunkin' Donuts employee, she also worked in a laundry service. During this time she reportedly attempted to finish many novels, before finally completing The Last Samurai, her 50th manuscript, in 1998.[2]

In 2005 she collaborated with Ingrid Kerma, the London-based painter, writing “limit5” for the exhibition “Blushing Brides”.

In 2012, DeWitt published her second novel, Lightning Rods, with independent High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire publisher And Other Stories[3] to high acclaim.[4]

Recently, rights to make a film of The Last Samurai have been optioned by Tom Dey.[citation needed]

An excerpt from an in-progress novel set in Flin Flon Manitoba has been published by Open Book: Ontario at the end of an article about the novel and DeWitt's difficulties in finding a publisher.[5]

Novels[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ And Other Stories, Helen DeWitt Retrieved 23 January 2013
  2. ^ a b Macgowan, James (2000-10-15). "After 50 attempts, Helen DeWitt's brainy prose gets brawny cash advances". The Ottawa Citizen (CanWest Interactive). 
  3. ^ Carter, Helen (10 October 2012). "Independents' day? Small presses make up 50% of Booker shortlist" The Guardian. Accessed 2 May 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.andotherstories.org/book/lightning-rods/ Retrieved 23 January 2013
  5. ^ Helen DeWitt on Writing, Flin Flon and the Canadian Personality

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