Jane Smiley has been praised as “a diverse and masterly writer” (The New York Times Book Review) and “one of the premier novelists of her generation, possessed of a mastery of the craft and an uncompromising vision that grows more powerful with each book” (The Washington Post). Her most exciting project yet is a thrilling saga, a trilogy of novels that spans 100 years, beginning with Some Luck.
Smiley has written about politics, horse training, sex, Hollywood, farming, literature, marriage, Barbie . . . and the list goes on. It’s no wonder Time magazine once asked, “Is there anything Jane Smiley cannot do?”
During her years as a published author—her first novel was published in 1980—two of Jane Smiley’s novels have been made into movies: A Thousand Acres, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and The Age of Grief, which was developed into The Secret Lives of Dentists.
The recipient of an MFA and a Ph.D., Jane Smiley is the author of twelve novels, as well as many essays for such magazines as Vogue, The New Yorker,The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Practical Horseman, and others. She has been a Fulbright Scholar (a year in Iceland) and was a professor of English for 15 years at Iowa State University, where she taught creative writing workshops at the undergraduate and graduate level. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001, and in 2006 she was awarded the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature.