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Stephen Millhauser
27 Oct 1993
More about Stephen Millhauser

Steven Millhauser, novelist and short story writer, won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for his Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer (1996) which chronicles the life of an entrepreneur whose career peaks when he builds a fabulous hotel in turn-of-the-century Manhattan. Time Magazine described Martin Dressler as “an urban fable about civilization and its discontents,” and praised Millhauser for “lowering the barrier between realism and myth.”

Millhauser impressed both critics and readers with his fresh approach to childhood and adolescence in his first two novels, Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer, 1943-1954, by Jeffrey Cartwright (1972) which won the Prix Médicis Étranger Award in France for the best foreign novel, and Portrait of a Romantic (1977). In a Washington Post review of Portrait of a Romantic, William Kennedy described the book as “written in immaculate prose. . .a prodigious feat of memory, with an enormous density of felt and observed life.” In addition, Millhauser has published a fourth novel, From the Realm of Morpheus (1986), and three collections of short stories, The Barnum Museum (1990), In the Penny Arcade (1986), and Little Kingdoms (1993). Millhauser received the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction in 1994 and an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1987.

He is a Professor of English at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.
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