Lucy Ellmann

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Lucy Ellmann
Born (1956-10-18) 18 October 1956 (age 63)
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.[1]
ResidenceEdinburgh, Scotland
  • American
  • British[2]
Alma materFalmouth School of Art (Foundation degree, 1975)[3]
University of Essex (BA, 1980)
Courtauld Institute of Art (MA, 1981)
Notable workDucks, Newburyport (2019)
SpouseTodd McEwen
RelativesRichard Ellmann (father)
Mary Ellmann (mother)

Lucy Ellmann (born 18 October 1956) is an American-born British novelist based in Edinburgh, Scotland.[4]


Her first book, Sweet Desserts, won the Guardian Fiction Prize. She is the daughter of the American biographer and literary critic Richard Ellmann and the feminist literary critic Mary Ellmann. She is married to the American writer Todd McEwen. Her fourth novel, Dot in the Universe, was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the Believer Book Award.[5] Her latest book, Ducks, Newburyport was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 2019.[6]

Ellmann lectured and led seminars in Creative Writing at the University of Kent between September 2009 and July 2010.[7][8]

Ellman has been recognized with honors and fellowships, including the Royal Literary Fund; Queen Margaret University 2017/18; University of Dundee 2011/12; Queen Margaret University 2005-07; and been a Hawthornden Fellow[9] and Hawthornden fellowship residence at Hawthornden Castle.[5]

Notable works[edit]

  • Sweet Desserts (1988)
  • Varying Degrees of Hopelessness (1991)
  • The Spy Who Caught a Cold (screenplay, 1995)
  • Man or Mango? A Lament (1999)
  • Dot in the Universe (2003)
  • Doctors & Nurses (2006)
  • Mimi (2013)
  • Ducks, Newburyport (2019)


  1. ^ Warner, John (3 September 2019). "'Ducks, Newburyport' by Lucy Ellmann: Do you have the mettle (and the wrist strength) to tackle this 1,034-page phenom? Biblioracle John Warner wonders". Chicago Tribune.
  2. ^ Jordan, Justine (24 July 2019). "The Booker prize 2019 longlist's biggest surprise? There aren't many". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Lucy Ellmann - Literature". British Council.
  4. ^ "Lucy Ellmann". The Baffler. 4 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Ellmann, Lucy 1956–",, Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series Retrieved October 08, 2018.
  6. ^ "Booker Prize Shortlist 2019". Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  7. ^ "The core connection". Time Higher Education Supplement. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  8. ^ "School of English - Lucy Ellmann". Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  9. ^ "Lucy Ellmann". The Royal Literary Fund.

'Literary lioness at the top of her form'. [1]


  • "Ellmann, Lucy 1956–",, Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series Retrieved October 08, 2018.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ The Jewish Chronicle, 4 October 2019