Award-winning author, filmmaker and educator
Jerome Charyn grew up on the mean streets of South Bronx, while the world was at war. The school library was his refuge, and it was there that he discovered Emily Dickinson, or rather, she discovered him, when a volume of her poetry literally landed on his head. He never quite recovered, and in 2010 wrote the bestselling historical novel, The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, recently named a must-read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Dickinson will also be the subject of his next non-fiction book, a study of the reclusive poet for Harvard University Press.
With more than 50 published works, Charyn has earned a long-standing reputation as an inventive and prolific chronicler of real and imagined American life. Michael Chabon calls him "one of the most important writers in American literature." Two of his memoirs were named New York Times Book of the Year. He has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction and received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Charyn taught film and culture at Princeton, Stanford and Rice, and is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the American University of Paris. The French Minister of Culture named him Commander of Arts and Letters.
Charyn's forthcoming novel is about Abraham Lincoln, another 19th century recluse.
Emily Dickinson will also be the subject of his next non-fiction book, a study of the private poet for Harvard University Press.
For further information about Jerome Charyn, please visit his website.