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Emily Mitchell

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Associate Professor, English

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Creative Writing

Emily Mitchell is the author of a novel, The Last Summer of the World (W. W. Norton), which was a finalist for the 2008 NYPL Young Lions Award, and a collection of short stories, Viral (W. W. Norton), forthcoming in June 2015. She has received fellowships from the Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Sewanee Writer's Conference and Breadloaf Writers Conference. Her stories have appeared in Ploughshares, New England Review, Indiana Review, TriQuarterly, Guernica, Alaska Quarterly Review and Harper's (forthcoming April 2015). Her review-essays have been published in The New York Times and the New Statesman.

Publications

Viral

A dazzling collection of stories about how the familiar can suddenly turn strange.

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Lead: Emily Mitchell
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A dazzling collection of stories about how the familiar can suddenly turn strange.A guidebook introduces foreign visitors to a recognizable but dreamlike America, where mirrors are haunted and the Statue of Liberty wears a bowler hat. A department-store supervisor must discipline employees who don't smile enough at customers, but finds himself unexpectedly drawn to the saddest of them all. A woman reluctantly agrees to buy her daughter a robot pet, then is horrified when her little girl chooses an enormous mechanical spider for a companion. The characters in these stories find that the world they thought they knew has shifted and changed, become bizarre and disorienting, and, occasionally, miraculous. Told with absurdist humor and sweet sadness, Viral is about being lost in places that are supposed to feel like home.

The Last Summer of the World: A Novel

Told with elegance and transporting historical sensitivity, Emily Mitchell's first novel captures the life of a great American artist caught in the reckoning of a painful past in a world beset by war.

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Lead: Emily Mitchell
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In the summer of 1918, with the Germans threatening Paris, Edward Steichen arrives in France to photograph the war for the American army. There he finds a country filled with poignant memories for him: early artistic success, marriage, the birth of two daughters, and a love affair that divided his family. Told with elegance and transporting historical sensitivity, Emily Mitchell's first novel captures the life of a great American artist caught in the reckoning of a painful past in a world beset by war. 

Viral: Stories

A guidebook introduces foreign visitors to a recognizable but dreamlike America, where mirrors are haunted and the Statue of Liberty wears a bowler hat.

English

Lead: Emily Mitchell
Dates:
A department-store supervisor must discipline employees who don't smile enough at customers, but finds himself unexpectedly drawn to the saddest of them all. A woman reluctantly agrees to buy her daughter a robot pet, then is horrified when her little girl chooses an enormous mechanical spider for a companion.

The Last Summer of the World

In the summer of 1918, with the Germans threatening Paris, Edward Steichen arrives in France to photograph the war for the American army.

English

Lead: Emily Mitchell
Dates:
There, he finds a country filled with poignant memories for him: early artistic success, marriage, the birth of two daughters, and a love affair that divided his family. Told with elegance and transporting historical sensitivity, Emily Mitchell’s first novel captures the life of a great American artist caught in the reckoning of a painful past in a world beset by war.