Susan Sheehan

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Susan Sheehan (née Sachsel; born August 24, 1937)[1] is an Austrian-born American writer.


Born in Vienna, Austria,[1] she won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1983 for her book Is There No Place on Earth for Me?[2] The book details the experiences of a young New York City woman diagnosed with schizophrenia.[1] Portions of the book were published in The New Yorker, for which she has written frequently since 1961 as a staff writer.[1] Her work as a contributing writer has also appeared in The New York Times and Architectural Digest.[3]

In 1986, Sheehan published in The New Yorker "A Missing Plane," a three-part series about the U.S. Army’s attempt to identify the remains of the victims of a 1944 airplane crash. In About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made, Ben Yagoda called the article "exhaustive and ultimately exhausting."[4]

Her husband was the journalist Neil Sheehan, who also won a Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction [1] for A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam in 1989.[2] Sheehan and her husband lived in Washington, D.C.[3]


Her other works include:

  • 1967 Ten Vietnamese
  • 1976 A welfare mother
  • 1978 A prison and a prisoner
  • 1984 Kate Quinton's days
  • 1986 A missing plane
  • 1993 Life for Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair[1]
  • 2002 The Banana Sculptor, the Purple Lady, and the All-Night Swimmer: Hobbies, Collecting, and Other Passionate Pursuits (co-written with Howard Means)

Further reading[edit]

  • Warren, James (1990-04-15). "The remarkable Sheehans: 2 Pulitzer prize winners, a good marriage, some tortuous times". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  • Warren, James (1993-09-26). "She Needs Her Space". Chicago Tribune.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Brennan, Elizabeth A.; Clarage, Elizabeth C. (1999). "Profiles of the winners: General non-fiction". Who's who of Pulitzer Prize winners. pp. 268–269. ISBN 1-57356-111-8.
  2. ^ a b "Pulitzer Prize Winners: General Non-Fiction". The Pulitzer Prizes -- Columbia University. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  3. ^ a b "Susan Sheehan Books, Author Bio, Book Review & More at Alibris Marketplace". Alibris. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  4. ^ Yagoda, Ben (2001-03-05). About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made. ISBN 9780306810237. exhausting.