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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Elizabeth Tallent  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: August 8, 1954 in Washington, DC

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Illinois Connection

Tallent graduated from Illinois State University with a BA in 1975.

Biographical and Professional Information

Elizabeth Tallent is a novelist and short story contributor to ''Esquire'', ''Harper's'', and the ''New Yorker''. Her works have been anthologized in ''The Best American Short Stories of 1981'', ''Prize Stories 1984'', ''The O. Henry Awards'', 1984, ''The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses'', and ''Graywolf Annual''. Tallent was born in Washington, D.C. Her parents are Hugh Tallent, a chemist and Joy Redfeild Tallent, a speech therapist. The family moved frequently throughout the Midwest. Elizabeth earned her B.A. in anthropology at Illinois State University in 1975. In 1994, she was appointed director of Stanford University's Creative Writing Program. She currently resides in California.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Married Men and Magic Tricks: John Updike's Erotic Heroes
ISBN: 0916870456

Creative Arts Book Co. 1982

Tallent, Elizabeth

In Constant Flight
ISBN: 0805001093

Henry Holt & Co. 1987

Stories about the dilemmas, pleasures, discoveries, and partings of young people in love focus on mistrustful, purplexed, frequently naive, often inept people who still manage to enchant each other

Museum Pieces

Alfred A. Knopf. 1985

Time with Children
ISBN: 022402549X

Jonathan Cape. 1988

ISBN: 067975511X

Vintage. 1994

The men and women in Elizabeth Tallent's stories think a great deal about love. They argue about it at the dinner table. They cling to it with talismans. They flirt with strangers or moon impossibly over aunts and cousins.

In Honey, Elizabeth Tallent animates her characters' predicaments and charts the wild arcs of their longings with breathtaking grace and profound emotional truth.


Illinois Author of the Year

by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English in 1990

2008 Pushcart Prize for


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