Lydia Davis (2007)

Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis is the author of a novel, The End of the Story (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995), and three collections of short fiction, the latest of which is Samuel Johnson Is Indignant (McSweeney's Books, 2001). A new collection of her stories, Varieties of Disturbance, will be appearing from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux in May, 2007. Her fiction has been published in literary journals ranging from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Shiny and Hambone, as well as anthologies such as The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Poetry, and has been translated into six languages. Davis is also the translator of numerous avant-garde French novels, memoirs, and volumes of literary criticism, including works by Maurice Blanchot, Michel Leiris, and most recently Swan’s Way by Marcel Proust (Viking Penguin 2002), which received the French-American Foundation Annual Translation Prize. Among many awards and honors, Davis was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and translation, and in 2003 received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. She lives in upstate New York, where she is on the faculty of SUNY Albany and a Fellow of the New York State Writers Institute, and is currently working on a new translation of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary for Viking Penguin.