Lynne Sharon Schwartz

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Lynne Sharon Schwartz (born March 19, 1939)[1] is an American prose writer.


Schwartz grew up in Brooklyn, the second of three children of Jack M. Sharon, a lawyer and accountant, and Sarah Slatus Sharon;[2] she married Harry Schwartz in 1957. She holds a BA (1959) from Barnard College, an MA (1961) from Bryn Mawr, and started work on a PhD at NYU.[3][4] Schwartz has taught in many universities and writing programs, including Bryn Mawr, Columbia, the University of Michigan, Washington University, Rice, and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is currently on faculty in the Writing Seminars MFA program at Bennington College.[5] Lynne Sharon Schwartz lives in New York City, and has set a number of her books there as well. Though Schwartz is perhaps best known for her novels, her work spans a number of genres, from fiction to poetry to memoir, criticism, and translation from Italian.

Selected works[edit]

  • Two-Part Inventions (Counterpoint, 2012), a novel based on the story of Joyce Hatto and William Barrington-Coupe[6]
  • The Emergence of Memory: Conversations With W.G. Sebald (Seven Stories Press, 2007)
  • The Writing on the Wall: A Novel (Counterpoint, 2005)
  • Referred Pain and Other Stories (Counterpoint Press, 2004)
  • In Solitary: Poems (Sheep Meadow, 2002)
  • Face to Face: A Reader in the World (Beacon Press, 2000)
  • In the Family Way: an Urban Comedy (William Morrow, 1999)
  • Ruined by Reading: A Life in Books (Beacon Press, 1996)
  • The Fatigue Artist (Scribner, 1995)
  • The Four Questions (Picture Puffins, 1994)
  • Leaving Brooklyn (Houghton Mifflin, 1989)
  • We are talking about homes: A great university against its neighbors (Harper & Row, 1985)
  • Disturbances in the Field (Harpercollins, 1983)
  • Balancing Acts (Harpercollins, 1981)
  • Rough Strife (Harpercollins, 1980)
  • See You In The Dark, a poetry collection[7]
  • Not Now, Voyager, a memoir[7]


  1. ^ International Who's Who in Poetry 2004 (Taylor & Francis US, 2003: ISBN 1-85743-178-2), p. 291.
  2. ^ Michael Depp, "Lynne Sharon Schwartz," in Patrick Meanor and Gwen Crane, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 218: American Short Story Writers Since WW II (Gale Group, 2000: ISBN 0-7876-3127-2), p. 266.
  3. ^ Lynne Schwartz (26 May 2015). "Home – Lynne Sharon Schwartz". Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  4. ^ International Who's Who in Poetry 2004, p. 291.
  5. ^ Bennington College Archived 2008-02-16 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Crispin, Jessa (2012). "Ambition Poisons the Pursuit of Art in 'Two-Part Inventions'". Kirkus Reviews.
  7. ^ a b Lynne Schwartz (26 May 2015). "Works – Lynne Sharon Schwartz". Retrieved 14 August 2015.