Ann Beattie

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Ann Beattie (born 1947) is an American writer of short stories. Her works include Distortions (1976), Chilly Scenes of Winter, her first novel, (1976), Where You'll Find Me (1986) and Picturing Will (1990).[1]

Life and Works

Beattie was born on September 8, 1947, in Washington D.C., graduated from American University in 1969, and got a Master of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut in 1970.[2] She began to print her short stories in The New Yorker in the early 1970s.

Her short stories, such as "Burning House" and "Snow" concern a sort of apathetic, godless suburban world of discord, secrecy and sin.[3] Many of her characters came of age in the 1960s and have difficulty adjusting to newer values, and speak in Beattie's minimalist style.[2] Beattie received the PEN/Malamud Award in 2000 and the Rea Award in 2005.[4]


  1. The New York Public Library Student's Desk Reference. Prentice Hall, New York, 1993.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Beattie, Ann." Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
  3. "Ann Beattie." Story Bites: Author Biographies.
  4. "Anne Beattie." Simon and Schuster.