Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer most renowned for his decades-spanning novel The Hours (1998) and its lauded 2002 film adaptation. After attending graduate school in creative writing ... Read more »
Born: 11/06/1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Writer (4)

Beautiful Girl 2011 (Movie)

(spec) (Screenplay)

Evening 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

A Home at the End of the World 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hours 2002 (Movie)

(from novel:"The Hours") (Source Material)
Producer (1)

Evening 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Michael Cunningham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer most renowned for his decades-spanning novel The Hours (1998) and its lauded 2002 film adaptation. After attending graduate school in creative writing, Cunningham began his career as a novelist, though he didn't gain notable recognition until the publication of his second book, the intricate and intimate tale A Home at the End of the World (1990). As a gay man, Cunningham found homosexuality to be a natural element in his work, as further evinced by the family saga Flesh and Blood (1995). Already established as an esteemed author, he reached a new level of success and acclamation with The Hours, which presents the stories of three women of different generations struggling with love and sexuality. The novel was subsequently adapted into a star-studded drama in 2002, and Cunningham himself later scripted a 2004 film version of A Home at the End of the World. His literary follow-up, Specimen Days (2005), had a relatively lukewarm reception, but his next novel, the pensive By Nightfall (2010), reasserted his status as major American writer.

EDUCATION

Iowa Writer's Workshop, University of Iowa

Stanford University

Milestones

2010

The highly anticipated By Nightfall released

2005

Specimen Days published

2004

The Cunningham-scripted adaptation of A Home at the End of the World appeared in theaters

2002

The movie version of The Hours released to accolades

1998

The Hours arrived and received critical praise

1998

Received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship

1995

Published third novel, Flesh and Blood

1993

Won a Guggenheim Fellowship

1990

Released second book, A Home at the End of the World

1984

Published his first novel, Golden States

Bonus Trivia

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Revered actress Meryl Streep has appeared in two Cunningham-related films: "The Hours" and "Evening."

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