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Claire Messud

Claire Messud is a Algerian American novelist and literature and creative writing professor. 

She was born on October 8, 1966 in Greenwich, Connecticut and she is of Algerian descent. Claire is known for her novel The Emperor’s Children and her contributions to publications such as The New York Review of Books and is on the editorial board of the literary magazine The Common based at Amherst College.

Before her rise to fame, Claire received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale University and Cambridge University. 

Throughout her career, Claire received a nomination for the PEN/Faulkner Award for her debut novel When The World Was Steady, became a New York Times bestselling author for her novel The Emperor’s Children, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, received he Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and her novel The Burning Girl was named one of the best books of the year in 2017 by the Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, and others. 


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