Lydia Davis is an innovator of the short story form. She is the author of four collections of short fiction, including Varieties of Disturbance(2007), Break It Down, Samuel Johnson Is Indignant, and a novel, The End of the Story. Her fiction has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Poetry, and has been published in literary journals ranging from The New Yorker andHarper’s to Conjunctions and McSweeney’s. Her work has been translated into six languages.
Davis is also the translator of numerous avant-garde French novels, memoirs, and volumes of literary criticism, including works by Maurice Blanchot, Michel Leiris, and most recently, Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust, which received the French-American Foundation Annual Translation Prize. Among her other awards and honors, Davis was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and translation, and in 2003 received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship.