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|Born||18 July 1945
Durban, South Africa
|Education||PH.D. English Literature, Columbia University, M.A. English Literature Columbia University, B.A. University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg|
|Notable works||The Bungalow, "The Mirror", "Reading, Writing and Leaving Home, Life on the Page"|
Lynn Freed (born 18 July 1945, Durban, South Africa) is an author and academic known for her work as a novelist, essayist, and writer of short stories.
Lynn Freed was born and grew up in Durban, South Africa. She came to New York as a graduate student, where she earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University. She has taught Literature and Creative Writing at Bennington College in Vermont, St. Mary's College in Moraga, California, the University of California in Berkeley, the University of Oregon in Eugene, the University of Montana in Missoula and the University of Texas in Austin.
Freed is the author of six novels, a collection of short fiction, and a collection of essays. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, Southwest Review, The Georgia Review, Tin House, The Michigan Quarterly, Vogue Magazine, The Georgia Review, Mirabella, House Beautiful, House and Garden, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Ploughshares, and Newsday, among others, and have been broadly anthologized. Four of her novels and her collection of stories have appeared on The New York Times "Notable Books of the Year" list. Her work is also widely translated.
She is currently a professor of English at the University of California, Davis, where she teaches in both undergraduate and graduate programs. She lives in Northern California.
In 2002, Lynn Freed received the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has also received fellowships, grants and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Guggenheim Foundation, The Camargo Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation, and the Bogliasco Foundation. In 1986, she won the Bay Area Book Reviewers' Award for Fiction, and her short fiction has been recommended in "Best American Short Stories" and the "O'Henry Awards: Prize Stories". In 2011 she won the PEN/O. Henry Prize for her short story "Sunshine," originally published in Narrative Magazine.
- Friends of the Family (first published as Heart Change, 1982)
- Home Ground (1986)
- The Bungalow (1993)
- The Mirror (1997)
- House of Women. Little, Brown and Company. 2003. ISBN 978-0-316-09556-3.
- The Curse of the Appropriate Man. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2004. ISBN 978-0-15-602994-0.
- Reading, Writing & Leaving Home: Life on the Page. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2006. ISBN 978-0-15-603034-2.
- The Servants' Quarters. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. 2009. ISBN 978-0-15-101288-6.