Maxine Swann

Maxine Swann (born February 11, 1969) is an American fiction author.wikipedia
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Pennsylvania

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Swann grew up on a farm in southern Pennsylvania, before attending Phillips Academy and then Columbia College, where she studied Comparative Literature (French and German) and creative writing with Mary Gordon, graduating in 1994.

Phillips Academy

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Swann grew up on a farm in southern Pennsylvania, before attending Phillips Academy and then Columbia College, where she studied Comparative Literature (French and German) and creative writing with Mary Gordon, graduating in 1994.

Columbia College (New York)

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Swann grew up on a farm in southern Pennsylvania, before attending Phillips Academy and then Columbia College, where she studied Comparative Literature (French and German) and creative writing with Mary Gordon, graduating in 1994.

Mary Gordon (writer)

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Swann grew up on a farm in southern Pennsylvania, before attending Phillips Academy and then Columbia College, where she studied Comparative Literature (French and German) and creative writing with Mary Gordon, graduating in 1994.

University of Paris

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She pursued her graduate studies at the Sorbonne, Université de Paris VII, earning her master's degree in 1997 with a thesis on the style of Marcel Proust.

Paris Diderot University

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She pursued her graduate studies at the Sorbonne, Université de Paris VII, earning her master's degree in 1997 with a thesis on the style of Marcel Proust.

Master's degree

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She pursued her graduate studies at the Sorbonne, Université de Paris VII, earning her master's degree in 1997 with a thesis on the style of Marcel Proust.

Thesis

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She pursued her graduate studies at the Sorbonne, Université de Paris VII, earning her master's degree in 1997 with a thesis on the style of Marcel Proust.

Marcel Proust

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She pursued her graduate studies at the Sorbonne, Université de Paris VII, earning her master's degree in 1997 with a thesis on the style of Marcel Proust.

Buenos Aires

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She now lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The New York Times

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Insights into her 2001 move to Argentina, divorce and life as an ex-pat writer were the subject of a "At Home Abroad" column of The New York Times on June 19, 2008.

Ploughshares

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Swann's work first appeared in Ploughshares, in an issue guest-edited by Mary Gordon, and she won a Cohen Award for that short story, "Flower Children", in 1997.

O. Henry Award

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The same story won her an O. Henry Award, the Pushcart Prize and selection by The Best American Short Stories.

Pushcart Prize

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The same story won her an O. Henry Award, the Pushcart Prize and selection by The Best American Short Stories.

The Best American Short Stories

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The same story won her an O. Henry Award, the Pushcart Prize and selection by The Best American Short Stories.

Ingeborg Bachmann

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At the time, Ploughshares quoted her: "All stories, I think, are in the end a very dense mixture of memory and imagination, with the doses varying each time. 'Flower Children,' I see now, was a story I'd been trying to write since I'd begun writing. It is, in a sense, a condensation of nearly all the stories, pages, and even poems that I wrote in grade school, high school, and then college. In her writing class at Columbia, Mary Gordon, taking my efforts seriously, pressed me further towards it, also introducing me to the Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann, whose work eventually led me to find the form in which to say what I wanted to say."

Picador (imprint)

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Her first novel, Serious Girls, was published by Picador in 2003 and focused on the coming of age of two boarding school girls, Maya and Roe.

Coming of age

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Her first novel, Serious Girls, was published by Picador in 2003 and focused on the coming of age of two boarding school girls, Maya and Roe.

Boarding school

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Her first novel, Serious Girls, was published by Picador in 2003 and focused on the coming of age of two boarding school girls, Maya and Roe.

Riverhead Books

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Swann's second novel, Flower Children, appeared in May 2007, published by Riverhead Books and won the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from The Academy of Arts and Letters honoring "recent writing in book form that merits recognition for the quality of its prose style."

Fiction

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