Andrew Sean Greer Biography

Andrew Sean Greer is a well-known American author of novels and short stories. He was born in November 1970.   The novel “Less” written by Greer was selected as the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.


He is the author of The Story of a Marriage, which The New York Times referred to as a “inspired, lyrical novel.” In addition, he is the author of The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was recognized as one of the best books published in 2004 by The San Francisco Chronicle and was awarded the California Book Award. Both of these works have been praised by The New York Times.




Early Life 

Andrew Sean Greer, the child of two scientists, was born in November of 1970 in the city of Washington, District of Columbia. He spent his childhood in the city of Rockville Maryland. He shares a body with his twin brother. He received his diploma from Georgetown Day School as well as from Brown University, where he was a student of Robert Coover and Edmund White and also delivered the graduating address. He has a home in Italy on the side. Six works of fiction are to his credit as a novelist. Greer was a professor at the Iowa Writers Workshop as well as at the Free University of Berlin. In addition to being chosen by the Today Show, being an NEA Fellow, a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow, and serving as a judge for the National Book Award, he was a finalist for the Premio von Rezzori, which is an award given for a work that has been translated into Italian.


His short stories have been published in Esquire, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and other national newspapers. They have also been collected in anthologies, the most recent of which is The Book of Other People and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009.

In 2004, he published his third novel, which was titled The Confessions of Max Tivoli. John Updike wrote an article for The New Yorker in which he described the book as “enchanting,” comparing it to the “perfumed, dandified form of disenchantment brought to grandeur by Proust and Nabokov.” The Confessions of Max Tivoli was then selected by Mitch Albom for the Today Show Book Club, and it quickly became a best-seller in the industry. The Bob Dylan song “My Back Pages” served as the motivation for this narrative, which is about a man who ages in reverse. Both the short tale by Fitzgerald and the movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, deal with themes that are comparable to this one.

The Story of a Marriage, Greer’s fourth book, was released on the market in the year 2008. The New York Times had this to say about it: “Mr. Greer expertly and fluidly choreographs a complex tale that is true to the characters’ hopes and aspirations and speaks to their longings and ambitions. He maintains a consistent and believable impression of Pearlie throughout the entire conversation.” The Washington Post referred to it as “thoughtful, sophisticated, and elegantly written.”   In June of 2013, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells was released to the public. 2017 marked the year of publication of his novel “Less,” which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 2018.

Awards and prizes 

  • The Book Award for Northern California
  • Book Honors Given Out in California
  • Public Library of New York City
  • The National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Public Library will be awarding fellowships to winners of the Young Lions Fiction Award.
  • The author of the short tale “Darkness” was awarded the O. Henry Prize.
  • The 2014 Fernanda Pivano Award for Excellence in the Promotion of American Literature in Italy.
  • 2018 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel Less.
  • PEN Oakland 2018 Winner of the Josephine Miles Literary Award for Works of Less



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40 years (10 July 1982)