Creative Writing Past Faculty

Jhumpa Lahiri

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Jhumpa Lahiri received the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, her debut story collection. She is also the author of The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland, a finalist for both the Man Booker prize and the National Book Award in fiction. Lahiri is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the John Florio Prize for Italian Translation, PEN/Hemingway Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Vallombrosa Von Rezzori Prize, the Asian American Literary Award, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. In 2014, she was awarded a National Humanities Medal.

Lahiri’s fifth book was a collection of essays she wrote in Italian while living in Rome, titled In Altre Parole (In Other Words). Lahiri continues to write and publish in Italian (The Clothing of Books, 2016, was originally published in Italian) and translate both her own work and the work of others from Italian to English. Her translation of Domenico Starnone’s novel Trick was published by Europa Editions in March 2018. She also translated Starnone’s novel Ties, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and Best Foreign Novel by the Times of London in 2017. Her novel written in Italian, Dove mi trovo, was published in Italy in 2018. The Penguin Classics Book of Italian Short Stories, edited and introduced by Lahiri, with selected translations, was published in March 2019.


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PEN/Malamud Award 2017 | Pen/Faulkner Foundation

Author Jhumpa Lahiri Wins 2017 PEN/Malamud Award” | India West

Domenico Starnone’s Trick, translated by Jhumpa Lahiri, longlisted for 2018 National Book Award in Translated Literature  |  National Book Foundation

Meet Jhumpa Lahiri” — NJTV’s State of the Arts, June 15-20, 2019

Jhumpa Lahiri honored at the American Academy in Rome’s 125th Anniversary New York Gala, November 6, 2019

Talking About Reading and Writing with Jhumpa Lahiri” | Princeton Magazine, Winter 2019 issue

Jhumpa Lahiri champions the writerly art of translation” | Princeton University, Sept. 4, 2020

Faculty Examine ‘Things as They Should Be’ at 14th Annual Colloquium” | Princeton University Humanities Council, September 18, 2020

Jhumpa Lahiri named finalist for the John Florio Prize for Italian Translation for her translation of Trick by Domenico Starnone | The Society of Authors, December 2020

“Ancient Plots, Modern Twists,” taught by Jhumpa Lahiri and Yelena Baraz, Combines Creative Writing and the Classics | Princeton University Humanities Council, February 5, 2021

Lahiri’s Translation from Italian of Trick by Domenico Starnone receives 2020 John Florio Prize | Society of Authors, February 11, 2021

Author Interview: Jhumpa Lahiri On Her Unique Use Of Place In Whereabouts | NPR, April 27, 2021

Jhumpa Lahiri on Her New Novel Whereabouts and the Power of Translation” | TIME Magazine, April 27, 2021

Jhumpa Lahiri’s New Novel Pares a Shrinking Life Down to Its Essence” | New York Times, April 27, 2021