Lorrie Moore

Lorrie Moore ( born January 13, 1957 in Glens Falls, New York as Marie Lorena Moore ) is an American author and professor of English at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Moore gained fame primarily through their short stories for which they the O. Henry Prize, and the Rea Award for the Short Story received, among others. Your short story collection Birds of America reached beyond placing it in the bestseller list of the New York Times.


Marie Lorena Moore was born the second of four children in 1957 in Glens Falls and already known by their parents, " Lorrie ". With the help of a gifted scholarship she started at St. Lawrence University to study English, she in 1978 summa cum laude. During her studies, Moore won with her ​​short story writing competition Raspberries one of the magazine Seventeen. After her graduation, she worked for two years as a paralegal, then wrote, however, a Cornell University and acquired there under the care of Alison Lurie a Master of Fine Arts. During her Master's program Moore could sell individual short stories to magazines. With the collection Self Help, mainly composed of short stories of their Master's thesis, she finally found in Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., a prestigious publishing house.

Since 1984, Moore teaches English at the University of Wisconsin. Throughout her career she has been awarded scholarships from the Rockefeller Foundation (1989) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1989 ), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1991 ), the O. Henry Prize (1998, for people like that are the only people around here ) and the Rea Award for the Short story (2004, formative for their influence on the genre of the short story). Your short story You're Ugly, Too was recorded by John Updike in the collection The Best American Short Stories of the Century.


Short story volumes

  • Life is a matter of luck ( Self-Help, 1985, German 1991)
  • Pepsi hotel (Like Life, 1990, German 1992)
  • What can not be said of some people ( Birds of America, 1998, German 2000)
  • The Collected Stories (2008 )


  • The displacements of the Benna Carpenter ( Anagrams, 1986, German 1988)
  • The Frog Queen (Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? , 1994, Germany 1996)

Children's Books

  • The Forgotten Imp ( The Forgotten Helper, 1987, German 2004)