Stephen Amidon

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Stephen Amidon (born 1959, in Chicago)[1] is an American author and critic.


He grew up on the East Coast of the United States of America, including a spell in Columbia, Maryland, which served as the inspiration for his fourth novel The New City.[2][3] Amidon attended Wake Forest University as a Guy T. Carswell Scholar, majoring in philosophy.[4] He moved to London, UK, in 1987, where he was given his first job as a critic by Auberon Waugh, who invited him to review a novel for The Literary Review.[5] In 1999 he returned to the US.[6]

His literary criticism and essays have appeared in many publications in North America and the UK [7] and he has also worked as a film critic for the Financial Times and the Sunday Times.[8] In November, 2013, Amidon was on the jury of the 31st Torino Film Festival.[9] Amidon has written two non-fiction books: The Sublime Engine with his brother Tom, a cardiologist,[10] and Something Like the Gods [11] which is dedicated to his son, Alexander, a first-team, all-ACC wide receiver for the Boston College football team.[12][13]

Stephen Amidon sold his first work of fiction in 1989, when the short story "Echolocation" was chosen by Ian Hamilton for inclusion in the Bloomsbury anthology Soho Square II.[14] He was awarded an Arts Council of Great Britain bursary for the short story in 1990. He is the author of a collection of short stories and six novels, the most recent of which, The Real Justine, was released in 2015.[15] His fiction has been published in fifteen countries.[16] The novel Human Capital was chosen by Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Post as one of the five best works of fiction of 2004.[17]

A film adaptation of the novel, Human Capital (Il capitale umano) directed by Paolo Virzì, won best film at the 2014 David di Donatello, Nastro d'Argento, and Globi D'Oro Awards,[18] The film premiered in America at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival[19] and it was Italy's entry for best foreign language film at the 2015 Academy Awards.[20]

In February 2015, Teatro Stabile di Torino premiered 6BIANCA, a serial drama, written by Stephen Amidon and directed by Serena Sinigaglia.[21][22]

In 2017, The Leisure Seeker which Amidon adapted as a screenplay with Virzì, Francesca Archibugi, and Francesco Piccolo, will be released in cinemas. The film stars Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland.[23]



  • Splitting the Atom, 1990
  • Thirst, 1993
  • The Primitive, 1995
  • The New City, 2000
  • Human Capital, 2004
  • Security, 2009
  • The Real Justine, 2015

Short story collection[edit]

  • Subdivision : Stories, 1991


  • The Sublime Engine: A Biography of the Human Heart, 2011
  • Something Like the Gods: A Cultural History of the Athlete from Achilles to LeBron, 2012



  • 6Bianca - episodes 1-6, 2015 - directed by Serena Sinigaglia

Film adaptation[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "about". stephenamidon. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Amidon, Stephen (Jan 1, 2006). "A New Town Childhood". Urbanite (January). Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Interviews & Articles". Stephen Amidon. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Healing Reads". The Deacon Blog. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Campbell, Mark (February 2000). "Apocalyptic Times". Crime Time Magazine. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Stephen Amidon's website". Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Bibliography". Stephen Amidon. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Search Times Online". The Times. London. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
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  10. ^ Weintraub, Karen. "It's the Heart of the Matter". Boston Globe. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Zirin, Dave (November 2012). "Sports Authority". Book Forum. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Football Roster". Boston College Athletics. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Atlantic Coast Conference. "All ACC Football Team". Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Anthologies Selected or Edited". Ian Hamilton. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  15. ^ Leiber, Michele. "The Real Justine". Booklist. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  16. ^ "about". Stephen Amidon. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  17. ^ Yardley, Jonathan (December 5, 2004). "Jonathan Yardley's Favorites". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 
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  20. ^ "Italy Picks Paolo Virzi's 'Human Capital' As Its Foreign Oscar Contender". Variety. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "6BIANCA". Teatro Stabile di Torino. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  22. ^ Castellazzi. "Chiara". Il Sole 24ore. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
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