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Bruce Michael Duffy (born June 9, 1951) is an American author. He is best known for his novel The World As I Found It, a fictionalized account of the life of Ludwig Wittgenstein, a prominent 20th century philosopher.
In 1988, Duffy won a Whiting Award and received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Joyce Carol Oates named "The World As I Found It" as one of "five great nonfiction novels," calling the book "a bold and original work of fiction" and "one of the most ambitious first novels ever published" (Salon.com).
Duffy was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Irish-American parents and lived his entire childhood in Garrett Park, Maryland.
In October 2010, "The World As I Found It" was republished as a Classic by the New York Review of Books. Duffy has also contributed to Harper's Magazine, Time Magazine and Life magazine, among others.
Duffy also wrote Last Comes the Egg. This piece, Duffy's second novel, was received with general praise. Salon.com praised the novel for its originality and tragic humor. His novel "Disaster Was My God: A Novel of the Outlaw Life of Arthur Rimbaud" was released by Doubleday on July 19, 2011.
He has two daughters, Lily and Kate.
- The World As I Found It. New York Review Books. 28 December 2011. ISBN 978-1-59017-565-1. Original year of publication 1987.
- Last Comes the Egg, Simon & Schuster, 1997, ISBN 9780684808833
- Disaster Was My God: A Novel of the Outlaw Life of Arthur Rimbaud. Anchor Books. 7 August 2012. ISBN 978-0-307-74286-5.
- Duffy talks about his work process in this discussion: http://ias.umn.edu/2012/09/20/duffy-parini-olsen-biographies/
- Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2009. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC
- Review of Last Comes the Egg from the New York Times
- Articles by Bruce Duffy at Harper's Magazine
- Profile at The Whiting Foundation
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