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About the Author
Stephen McCauley. Photograph by Susan Wilson

Stephen McCauley grew up outside of Boston and was more or less educated in public schools. He went to the University of Vermont as an undergraduate and studied for a year in France at the University of Nice.

Upon graduation, he worked at hotels, kindergartens, ice cream stands, and health food stores. He taught yoga in a church basement and cleaned houses. For many years, he worked as a travel agent.

In the 1980's, he moved to Brooklyn. After taking a few writing courses at adult learning centers, he enrolled in the writing program at Columbia University. At the suggestion of writer Stephen Koch (who recently published a comprehensive, intelligent, and helpful book on writing: The Modern Library Writers' Workshop) he began working on his first novel.



Alternatives to Sex. Simon and Schuster, New York. 2006.

True Enough. Simon and Schuster, New York. 2001.
(Washington Square Press, New York; Buchet-Chastel, Paris; Editions 10/18, Paris; Granta Books, London.)

The Man of the House. Simon and Schuster, New York. 1997.
(Washington Square Press, New York; Editions DeNoel, Paris; Editions 10/18, Paris; Fourth Estate, London.)

The Easy Way Out. Simon and Schuster, New York. 1992.
(Washington Square Press, New York; Editions DeNoel, Paris; Editions 10/18, Paris; Rowohlt, Hamburg.)

The Object of My Affection. Simon and Schuster, New York. 1988.
(Washington Square Press, New York; Pocket Books, New York; Editions DeNoel, Paris; Editions 10/18, Paris; Macmillan, London; Fourth Estate, London; Rowohlt, Hamburg; Agathon, Den Haag; Editora Best Seller, Sao Paulo.)

Film adaptation released in 1998 by 20th Century Fox. Screenplay by Wendy Wasserstein, directed by Nicholas Hytner.


"The Whole Truth." Harper's Magazine, 1992. Honorable Mention, Best American Short Stories, 1992. Anthologized in On the Couch, edited by Erica Kates; Atlantic Press, New York. 1997. Read by Vivian Pickles at The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, as part of NPR's "Selected Shorts" series.

"Let's Say." Anthologized in Boys Like Us, edited by Patrick Merla; Avon Books, New York. 1998.

"At the Threshold." The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, 2000.

"In the Greenhouse." The Washington Post Sunday Magazine, 2003.

Reviews, articles, profiles, and columns published in the following: The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Sophisticated Traveler, Vanity Fair, Vogue, The Boston Globe, Travel and Leisure, Details, New York Newsday, Boston Magazine, and others.

Teaching Experience

1999-2000. Visting Writer, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. (Seminars in: Creative Writing, American Literature.)

1996-1998 and 1993-1995. Fannie Hurst Professor of Creative Writing, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. (Creative Writing, Screenwriting.)

1991-1992. Briggs-Copeland Lecturer of Creative Writing, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Creative Writing.)

1989-1991. Visiting Lecturer, Wellesley College, Wellesley Massachusetts. (Creative Writing.)

1987-1989. Visiting Writer, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts. (Creative Writing, American Literature.)

Awards and Residencies

Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters, French Ministry of Culture. 1995.

Nominated for Prix Femina (Étranger) — Best foreign novel published in France. 2002

Citation for distinction in teaching, Brandeis University. 2000.

Citation for distinction in teaching, Harvard University. 1992

Residencies at the following artist colonies:

Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York; Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont; Dorset Colony House, Dorset, Vermont; The Writers' Room of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts.