Michael Cunningham Analysis

Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Michael Cunningham edited and wrote the introduction for Laws for Creations (2006), a collection of poems by Walt Whitman. Cunningham has also published short stories that have appeared in several well-known literary magazines. His story “The Destruction Artist” appeared in A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer (2007), a collection edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle. With Susan Minot, Cunningham cowrote a screenplay adapted from Minot’s novel Evening (1998), which subsequently became a 2007 film release. Cunningham also has written introductions or afterwords for new editions of works by such authors as Thomas Mann, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf.


(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

In 1999, Michael Cunningham received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for his novel The Hours. He also received the Whiting Writers’ Award (1995), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1993), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1988), and a Michener Fellowship from the University of Iowa (1982). His short fiction has been published widely, including in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Paris Review. Cunningham’s story “White Angel,” taken from his novel A Home at the End of the World, was chosen for the Best American Short Stories series in 1989. Another short story, “Mister Brother,” appeared in the O. Henry Awards’ Prize Stories collection of 1999.


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Allen, Brooke. “A Feeling of Disjunction.” New Criterion 17, no. 10 (June, 1999): 80-84. A lengthy, enthusiastic review of The Hours, in which the author makes the case that awarding the Pulitzer to the relatively unknown Cunningham was, based on the power and originality of the novel, an excellent decision.

Coffey, Michael. “Michael Cunningham: New Family Outings.” Publishers Weekly, November 2, 1998, p. 55-58. In this interview, the author discusses in some detail his goals and ambitions when writing each of his novels.

Lane, Christopher. “When Plagues Don’t End.” Gay and Lesbian Review 8, no. 1 (January/February, 2001): 30-33. This thoughtful essay explores in depth the connections between The Hours and Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.