Novelist Lydia Davis Novelist Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis


Lydia Davis who is born on July 15, 1947 in Massachusetts is a famous Novelist. The age of Lydia Davis is 69 year old. The birth sign of Lydia Davis is Cancer. Lydia Davis has have thousand of fans and supporters in Massachusetts.

BirthdayJuly 15, 1947
Birth SignCancer
About Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis is a 69 year old American writer who started up her career in 1976 and is best known for her fictional and translational work. She is also good in extremely brief and brilliantly inventive short stories plus even worked as translator of French literature into English. She first came into notice for her work titled “Break It Down”, a collection of short stories that won her prestigious Whiting Writer’s Award in 1988. Some of her other notable collections include
• The Thirteenth Woman (1976)
• Story and Other Stories (1983)
• The End of the Story (1995)
• Almost No Memory (1997)
• Varieties of Disturbance (2007)
• The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2009)
• The Cows (2011)
• Can’t and Won’t: Stories (2014) with many more.
Among above mentioned “Almost No Memory” was chosen as one of the “100 Best Books of 1997” by Los Angeles Times whereas as translator she received Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1999 for her translations of work by Pierre Jean Jouve, Michel Butor and Maurice Blanchot with many more. She is also the recipient of 2013 Man Booker International Prize. Marcel Proust’s work “Swann’s Way” was also translated by Davis and is regarded as 20th century’s most important literary work. She is now active working as professor at University at Albany, SUNY in creative writing.
She is the recipient of many notable awards. Some of them are mentioned below
• Guggenheim Fellowship (1997)
• MacArthur Fellows Program (2003)
• Finalist of National Book Award Fiction (2007)
• American Academy of Arts and Letters (2013)
• Man Booker International Prize (2013) with more.

Lydia Davis Before Fame

She was in marital relationship with Paul Auster from 1974 to 1977 giving birth to child name Daniel. Later moved with Alan Cote and gave birth to son Theo Cote.


She was in first grade when she started learning English and in second grade she started with German language.

Lydia Davis Family Life

She was born on 15th July, 1947 in Northampton, Massachusetts, United States to Robert Gorham Davis and Hope Hale Davis. She was introduced to writing profession by her mother who worked as short-story writer, teacher and memoirist. Her father was also in teaching profession and was professor of English. In studies, she began learning music and joined Barnard College where she started writing poetry.

Associated With

She worked on Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (2010) as translator and received huge praise for her work done.

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