Valerie Martin

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Valerie Martin
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reading at the 2014 Gaithersburg Book Festival
Born 1948
Mssouri
Genre novelist; short story writer.

Valerie Martin (born 1948, Missouri) is an American novelist and short story writer.

Her novel Property (2003) won the prestigious Orange Prize. In 2012, The Observer named Property as one of "The 10 best historical novels".[1]

Life[edit]

She graduated from the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

She has also taught at Mount Holyoke College, Loyola University New Orleans, The University of New Orleans, The University of Alabama, and Sarah Lawrence College, among other institutions.

Her other fictional works include Set in Motion (1978), Alexandra (1979), A Recent Martyr (1987), The Consolation of Nature and Other Stories (1988), The Great Divorce (1993), Italian Fever (1999), The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories (2006), Trespass (2007), and The Confessions of Edward Day (2009), as well as Salvation: Scenes from the Life of St. Francis (2001), a biography of St. Francis of Assisi. Her most recent novel, The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, was published in January 2014.

Her 1990 novel, Mary Reilly, a retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the point of view of a servant in the doctor's house, was released in 1996 as the Columbia TriStar Pictures film, Mary Reilly. It is directed by Stephen Frears and stars John Malkovich as Dr. Jekyll and Julia Roberts as Mary.

The short subject film Surface Calm (2001) is based on her short story of the same title from her first book, Love (1977).

With her niece, Lisa Martin, she wrote the children's book, Anton and Cecil.[2] She has one child, Adrienne, born in 1975.

Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

Collections[edit]

  • Love: Short Stories (1976); Love: Short Stories. Lost Horse Press. 1 January 1999. ISBN 978-0-9668612-3-5. 
  • The Consolation of Nature, and Other Stories (1988)
  • The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories (2006)

Non-fiction[edit]

  • Salvation: Scenes from the Life of St. Francis (2001)

Children's[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1991) : Mary Reilly
  • Nebula Best Novel nominee (1991) : Mary Reilly
  • Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction Best Novel winner (2003) : Property[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Skidelsky, William (13 May 2012). "The 10 best historical novels". The Observer (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Smith, Sarah Harrison (October 11, 2013). "Catsaway". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/m/valerie-martin/
    (Reference for Works and Awards)

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