The Pulitzer Prize For Fiction

2009 - Elizabeth Strout

Born: 6 January 1956, Portland, Maine

Awarded for: "Olive Kitteridge"

Prize motivation: "a powerful celebration of life in which a New England father and son, through suffering and joy, transcend their imprisoning lives and offer new ways of perceiving the world and mortality"

Field: Fiction

Prize share: 1/1

Books Written By Elizabeth Strout

About Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout was born in Portland, Maine, and was raised in small towns in Maine and New Hampshire. Her father was a science professor, and her mother taught high school. After graduating from Bates College, she spent a year in Oxford, England, followed by studies at law school for another year. In 1982 she graduated with honors, and received both a law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law and a Certificate of Gerontology from the Syracuse School of Social Work. That year her first story was published in New Letters magazine.

Strout moved to New York City. She continued to write stories that were published in literary magazines, as well as in Redbook and Seventeen. She worked for six or seven years to complete her book, Amy and Isabelle, which when published was shortlisted for the 2000 Orange Prize and nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Amy and Isabelle was adapted as a television movie, starring Elisabeth Shue and produced by Oprah Winfrey's studio, Harpo Films.

Strout was a NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) professor at Colgate University during the Fall Semester of 2007, where she taught creative writing at both the introductory and advanced levels. She was also on the faculty of the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In 2009 Strout was honored with a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Olive Kitteridge, a collection of connected short stories about a woman and her immediate family and friends on the coast of Maine. In June 2010, Italian booksellers voted Olive Kitteridge and Strout as the winner of the Premio Bancarella award, at an event held in the medieval Piazza della Repubblica in Pontremoli, Italy. Her most recent novel, The Burgess Boys, was published March 26, 2013.


Abide With Me - Elizabeth Strout

By Athinadi

Elizabeth Strout never disappoints. She has the knack of getting right inside people's heads and characters and you see them clearly, warts and all. She has her own style so you have to "slow down" and go at her gentle pace. One is always rewarded in full. This is the third book I have read by this author. For me her stories are compelling, moving and compassionate. I just love reading about her characters which are so real - we all know people like them!

Abide With Me - Elizabeth Strout

By Penrhynian

I am reading all of this wonderful writer's books after enjoying Olive Ketteridge so much. The book was recommended to me and I was amazed at the skill of the writer and how quickly I became involved with the characters. She is an amazing writer.