Jeffrey Kent Eugenides is an American novelist and short story writer. He has written numerous short stories and essays, as well as three novels: The Virgin Suicides and The Marriage Plot; the Virgin Suicides served as the basis of a feature film, while Middlesex received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in addition to being a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International Dublin Literary Award, France's Prix Médicis. Eugenides was born the youngest of three sons in Detroit, Michigan, to a father of Greek descent and a mother of English and Irish ancestry, he attended Grosse Pointe's private University Liggett School and attended Brown University, graduating in 1982 after taking a year off to travel across Europe and to volunteer with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India. Of his decision to study at Brown, Eugenides remarked "I chose Brown in order to study with John Hawkes, whose work I admired. I entered the honors program in English, which forced me to study the entire English tradition, beginning with Beowulf.
I felt that since I was going to try to add to the tradition, I had better know something about it." He earned an M. A. in Creative Writing from Stanford University. Eugenides knew he wanted to be a writer from a early age, stating "I decided early. We read A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man that year, it had a big effect on me, for reasons that seem quite amusing to me now. I'm half Irish and half Greek—my mother's family were Kentuckians, Southern hillbillies, my paternal grandparents immigrants from Asia Minor—and, for that reason, I identified with Stephen Dedalus. Like me, he was bookish, good at academics, possessed an "absurd name, an ancient Greek." I do remember thinking. It seemed to promise maximum alertness to life, it seemed holy to me, religious." Of his earliest literary influences, Eugenides has cited " the great modernists. Joyce, Faulkner. From these I went on to discover Musil and others, soon my friends and I were reading Pynchon and John Barth. My generation grew up backward.
We were weaned on experimental writing before reading much of the nineteenth-century literature the modernists and postmodernists were reacting against."Eugenides was raised in Detroit and cites the influence of the city and his high-school experiences on his writings. He has said. "I think most of the major elements of American history are exemplified in Detroit, from the triumph of the automobile and the assembly line to the blight of racism, not to mention the music, the MC5, techno." He says he has been haunted by the decline of Detroit. In 1986, he received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship for his story "Here Comes Winston, Full of the Holy Spirit." After living a few years in San Francisco, he moved to Brooklyn, New York and worked as secretary for the Academy of American Poets. While in New York he made friends with numerous struggling writers, including Jonathan Franzen. From 1999 to 2004, Eugenides lived in Berlin, where he moved after being awarded a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service to write in Berlin for a year.
Eugenides has lived in Princeton, New Jersey, since the fall of 2007, when Eugenides joined the faculty of Princeton University's Program in Creative Writing. Eugenides is now Professor of Creative Writing in the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts. Of teaching creative writing, Eugenides remarked in an interview in The Paris Review, "I tell my students that when you write, you should pretend you're writing the best letter you wrote to the smartest friend you have; that way, you'll never dumb things down. You won't have to explain things. You'll assume an intimacy and a natural shorthand, good because readers are smart and don't wish to be condescended to. I think about the reader. I care about the reader. Not "audience." Not "readership." Just the reader."Eugenides is divorced and has a daughter named Georgia. Eugenides' 1993 novel, The Virgin Suicides, has been translated into 34 languages. In 1999, the novel was adapted into a critically acclaimed film directed by Sofia Coppola. Set in Grosse Pointe, the novel follows the lives and deaths by suicide of five sisters over the course of an isolated year, as told from the point of view of the neighborhood boys who obsessively watch them.
Eugenides published short stories in the near decade between The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex in The New Yorker. His 1996 story "Baster" became the basis for the 2010 romantic comedy The Switch, temporarily putting Middlesex aside in the late 90s to begin work on a novel that would serve as the basis for his third. Two excerpts of what became Eugenides's work-in-progress third novel after Middlesex appeared in The New Yorker in 2011, "Asleep in the Lord" and "Extreme Solitude." Eugenides served as the editor of the collection of short stories titled My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead. The proceeds of the collection go to the writing center 826 Chicago, established to encourage young people's writing, his 2002 novel, won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in addition to being a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International Dublin Literary Award, France's Prix Médicis. Following the life and self-discovery of Calliope Stephanides, or Cal, an intersex person raised a girl, but genetically a boy, Middlesex broadly deals with the Greek-American immigrant experience in the
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Maa Aavida Collector is a 1996 Telugu drama film, produced by Kolli Venkateswara Rao and S. Adi Reddy under the Amma Art Creations banner and directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, it stars Prema in the lead roles and music composed by Vandemataram Srinivas. The film is dubbed into Tamil as En Pondatti Collector. Art: K. V. Ramana Choreography: Saleem, D. K. S. Babu Stills: Veera Babu Fights: Saahul Dialogues: Pusala Lyrics: Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry, Vennelakanti, Siva Ganesh Playback: SP Balu, Swarnalatha Music: Vandemataram Srinivas Story: Amma Arts Unit Editing: Nandamuri Hari Cinematography: M. Mohanchand Presenter: Costumes Krishna Producer: Kolli Venkateswara Rao, S. Adi Reddy Screenplay - Director: Kodi Ramakrishna Banner: Amma Art Creations Release Date: 1996 The music for the film was composed by Vandemataram Srinivas and released by Shiva Musicals Audio Company. Maa Aavida Collector on IMDb