James Lasdun

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James Lasdun (born 1958) is a British writer who has lived in the United States since 1986. His father was the architect Denys Lasdun.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Lasdun was born in London, the son of Susan (Bendit) and Denys Lasdun.[2] Lasdun has written two novels, The Horned Man, 2002 , a New York Times Notable Book, and Seven Lies, 2006 , which was an Economist Book of the Year and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for fiction. He has published four collections of short stories, including The Siege: Selected Stories , the title story of which was adapted for film by Bernardo Bertolucci as Besieged . His latest collection It's Beginning To Hurt, 2009  was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by the The Los Angeles Times , the Wall Street Journal , the Library Journal  and the Atlantic .

With Jonathan Nossiter, Lasdun co-wrote the film Sunday , based on his story Ate Menos or The Miracle , wining both the Best Feature Award and the Waldo Salt Best Screenplay Award at Sundance.

Lasdun has written four books of poetry, one of which, Landscape with Chainsaw,[3] was a finalist for the T S Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was also selected as a TLS International Book of the Year.

His reviews and essays have appeared in Harper's , Granta , the London Review of Books  and The Guardian .

With his wife, Pia Davis, Lasdun has written two guidebooks dedicated to the combined pleasures of walking and eating: one in Tuscany and Umbria, the other in Provence.

He has taught creative writing at Princeton, NYU, the New York State Writers' Institute, the New School, Columbia University and Bennington College.

In 2013, he confessed that he was the Reader who turned down the Jane Somers novel (pseudonymously written by Doris Lessing, Nobel laureate for Literature) submitted to Jonathan Cape publishers, in the New Yorker "Page Turner" blog 23 July 2013.[4]

Critical appraisals of his work include reviews by James Wood in the Guardian[5] and by Gabriele Annan in the New York Review of Books.[6]

Bibliography[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  • Lasdun, James (1986), Delirium Eclipse  a.k.a. The Silver Age, 1985 .
  • ——— (1992), Three Evenings .
  • ——— (July 2000), "The Siege", Selected Stories  (a.k.a. Besieged (1st ed.), WW Norton & Co, ISBN 978-0-393-32074-9, "paperback" .
  • ——— (August 3, 2010) [2009], It's Beginning To Hurt, Picador, ISBN 0-312-42986-X, "paperback" .

Poetry[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Lasdun, James (May 2003) [2002], The Horned Man, WW Norton & Co, ISBN 978-0-393-32438-9, "paperback" .
  • ——— (November 17, 2006) [2005], Seven Lies, WW Norton & Co, ISBN 978-0-393-32908-7, "paperback" .

Nonfiction[edit]

  • Lasdun, James (2013-02-12), Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, ISBN 978-0-374-21907-9 [7].

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Lasdun, James; Nossiter, Jonathan, Sunday (Screenplay) .
  • ———; Nossiter, Jonathan, Signs and Wonders (screenplay) 
  • ———, "Introduction", Collected Stories, Folio 
  • ———, "Introduction", St Mawr by DH Lawrence, Penguin 
  • ———, "Introduction", As A Man Grows Older by Italo Svevo, NYRB 
  • ———, "Introduction", Amerika by Franz Kafka, Folio .
  • ———, "Introduction", Selected Stories of Paul Bowles, Penguin 
  • ———; Davis, Pia (September 28, 2004), Walking and Eating in Tuscany and Umbria (revised ed.), Penguin, ISBN 978-0-14-100900-1, "paperback" 
  • ———; Davis, Pia (May 6, 2008), Walking and Eating in Provence, Moon Handbooks, Avalon, ISBN 1-59880-063-9, "paperback" 
  • Lasdun, James (January 21, 2013), "I will ruin him: How it feels to be stalked", The Chronicle review, The Chronicle of higher education .

Honors[edit]

  • Winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize (short stories)
  • Recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry
  • Winner (with Jonathan Nossiter) of the Sundance Waldo Salt Best Screenplay Award for the film Sunday
  • Winner (1999) of the London Times Literary Supplement Poetry Competition[8]
  • Winner of the inaugural BBC National Short Story Award (May 2006)[9] for his story An Anxious Man.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Book review by Jenny Turner in The Guardian
  2. ^ Rowntree, Diana (January 12, 2001). "Sir Denys Lasdun". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Birnbaum, Identity Theory (interview) .
  4. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/07/doris-lessing-and-the-perils-of-the-pseudonymous-novel.html?mbid=social_retweet
  5. ^ Book review, The Guardian (London, UK), 1999-05-29 .
  6. ^ Who Killed Bogomil Trumilcik?, New York Review of Books, 2002-05-09, retrieved 17 February 2014 .
  7. ^ Lasdun 2013.
  8. ^ Writers Institute website
  9. ^ The Short Story (UK) website