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Susan Shreve

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Susan Shreve
Born (1939-05-02) May 2, 1939 (age 85)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationProfessor, writer
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (BA)
University of Virginia (MA)
Genrenovel, memoir, children's literature

Susan Shreve (also known as Susan Richards Shreve) is an American novelist, memoirist, and children's book author. She has published fifteen novels, most recently More News Tomorrow (2019), and a memoir Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood (2007).[1] She has also published thirty books for children, most recently The Lovely Shoes (2011), and edited or co-edited five anthologies. Shreve co-founded the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing program at George Mason University in 1980, where she teaches fiction writing. She is the co-founder and the former chairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She lives in Washington, D.C.[2]

Early life[edit]

Susan Richards Shreve was born May 2, 1939, in Toledo, Ohio, but moved with her family to Washington, D.C., at the age of three.[3] She attended and graduated from Sidwell Friends School in 1957.[citation needed]


Shreve received a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961, and an MA in English from the University of Virginia in 1969.[citation needed]


She founded the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at George Mason University in 1980[4] and has taught there ever since. She has been a visiting professor at Columbia School of the Arts, Princeton University, and Goucher College. She has received a Guggenheim Award for Fiction, a National Endowment grant for Fiction, the Jenny Moore Chair in Creative Writing at George Washington University, the Grub Street Prize for non-fiction, the Poets and Writers’ Service award, and the Sidwell Friends School Outstanding Alumni Award.[citation needed] In 1980, Shreve co-founded the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, which presents the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction annually.[5]

Shreve published her first novel, A Fortunate Madness, in 1974.[6] Thirteen novels have followed. She published a novel Glimmer under the pseudonym Annie Waters in 1997.[7] Shreve wrote about her experience as a patient at FDR's polio clinic in her memoir Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood (2007).[8] Her most recent novel, More News Tomorrow, was published in 2019.[9]

Shreve's children's books include the Joshua T. Bates series (1984-2000), Blister (2001), an ALA Notable Book and a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, and most recently The Lovely Shoes (2011). When writing for young readers, she publishes as Susan Shreve.[10]



  • More News Tomorrow, New York: W W Norton, 2019. ISBN 0393292940
  • You Are the Love of My Life New York : W W Norton, 2012. ISBN 9780393345940, OCLC 812254177
  • A Student of Living Things, New York, N.Y.: Plume, 2007. ISBN 9780452288492, OCLC 148697093
  • Plum and Jaggers Seattle, WA : AmazonEncore, 2001. ISBN 9781477819456, OCLC 865494931
  • Glimmer, New York : Berkley Books, 1997. ISBN 9780425164846, OCLC 39198345, published under the pseudonym Annie Waters
  • The Visiting Physician New York: N.A. Talese, 1996. ISBN 9780385477017, OCLC 32893393
  • The Train Home New York : Ivy Books, 1993. ISBN 9780804112949, OCLC 31026061
  • Daughters of the New World New York : Ballantine Books, 1994. ISBN 9780804111232, OCLC 1012620350
  • A Country of Strangers Sceptre, 1990. ISBN 9780340525524, OCLC 21231291
  • Queen of Hearts New York : Pocket Books, 1988. ISBN 9780671647643, OCLC 17744667
  • Dreaming of Heroes New York : Berkley Books, 1984. ISBN 9780425085356, OCLC 13285106
  • Miracle Play New York : Playboy, 1982. ISBN 9780867211825, OCLC 8951593
  • Children of Power New York : Berkley Books, 1979. ISBN 9780425044780, OCLC 6843057
  • A Woman Like That] New York : Atheneum, 1977; London : H. Hamilton, 1978. ISBN 9780241899724, OCLC 16437786
  • A fortunate madness Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1974. ISBN 9780395185001, OCLC 866508


  • Warm Springs : Traces of a Childhood at Fdr's Polio Haven, Boston : Mariner Books, 2008. OCLC 1036979087

Edited Anthologies[edit]

Novels for Children (as Susan Shreve)[edit]

Personal life[edit]

She married Porter Shreve, with whom she had four children.[citation needed] Shreve later married noted literary agent Timothy Seldes.[11] Her oldest son is the author Porter Shreve.


  1. ^ "Susan Richards Shreve | W. W. Norton & Company". books.wwnorton.com. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "Faculty and Staff: Susan R Shreve". English. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  3. ^ Patrick Allen (September 27, 2012). Literary Washington, D.C. Trinity University Press. pp. 191–. ISBN 978-1-59534-125-9.
  4. ^ "English | Programs: MFA in Creative Writing". English. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  5. ^ Albin Krebs and Robert Thomas (April 18, 1981). "Notes on People; New York Writer Getting PEN/Faulkner Award". The New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  6. ^ "A FORTUNATE MADNESS by Susan Richards Shreve | Kirkus Reviews". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  7. ^ Shreve, Susan Richards (August 27, 2001). "A Storyteller Finds Comfort in a Cloak of Anonymity". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  8. ^ "Author Recalls Polio-Stricken Childhood at FDR's Haven". PBS NewsHour. 31 July 2007. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  9. ^ MORE NEWS TOMORROW by Susan Richards Shreve | Kirkus Reviews.
  10. ^ "Susan Shreve's Biography | Scholastic.com". Scholastic Teachers. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  11. ^ Weber, Bruce (December 8, 2015). "Timothy Seldes, Agent Who Championed Literary Stars, Dies at 88". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 12, 2016.

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