Michael Cunningham is an acclaimed novelist and writer. He is the author of A Home at the End of the World (1990), Flesh and Blood (1995), The Hours (1998), and, most recently, Specimen Days (2005).
Specimen Days tells three interrelated stories featuring a recurring cast of characters: a young boy, an older man, and a young woman. Part ghost story, part noir thriller, and part science fiction, the novel has been praised by Time magazine as “luminous and penetrating” and by New York magazine as “exactly the kind of bold experiment that a novelist who takes his art seriously ought to make.”
In 1999 Cunningham won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for The Hours. The novel was later made into an Academy Award-winning film starring Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep. A Home at the End of the World has also been made into a film, and Flesh and Blood is currently being adapted into a miniseries for Showtime.
Cunningham was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up in La Cañada, California. He received his B.A. in English literature from Stanford University and his M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Iowa. He has published a non-fiction book titled Land's End: A Walk Through Provincetown (2002), and his writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, DoubleTake, and other journals. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award (1995), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1988), and a Michener Fellowship from the University of Iowa (1982). He lives in New York City.