Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg ( born 1945, Winnetka, Illinois) is an American writer.


Eisenberg grew up in a suburb of Chicago and moved in the late 1960s to New York in order to study at the university The New School Latin Greek and anthropology. In New York she met her future spouse, the writer and actor Wallace Shawn, know. Since the early 80s, she traveled extensively to Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, who exercised a strong influence on her literary work. Since 1986, Eisenberg published four collections of short stories. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Virginia and writes for such magazines as The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. She lives in New York City for decades.


Multiple they were awarded literary prizes. After the release of their debut work Transactions in a Foreign Currency, she received the 1987 Whiting Writers' Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. 2000 she was awarded the Rea Award for the Short Story. In the grounds of their compassionate and surgically precise, elegant and corrosive nature was praised, with which it reveals the background of normal reality. Among other honors Eisenberg has been repeatedly awarded the O. Henry Prize, including 2006 with the 1st place. In 2009 she was MacArthur Fellow. 2011 she was awarded the PEN / Faulkner Award.