1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Ann Beattie

Edgar Allan Poe Professor Emerita


M.A. University of Connecticut, 1970
B.A. American University, 1969

Ann is Edgar Allan Poe Professor Emerita of the Department of English and Creative Writing. She is the author of seven novels, including Chilly Scenes of WinterMy Life Starring Dara Falcon, and the forthcoming The Doctor's House, and seven short story collections, among them Secrets and SurprisesWhat Was MinePark City: New & Selected Stories, and Perfect Recall. Her many honors include the Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the PEN/Malamud award for Excellence in Short Fiction.


Creative Writing


Mrs. Nixon, Scribner, 2011
The New Yorker Stories, Scribner, 2010
Walks with Men, Scribner, 2010
Follies, Scribner, 2005
The Doctor's House, Scribner, 2003

An impeccable ear for language, an eye for the smallest shifts in the cultural landscape, and a preternatural understanding of motivation and behavior -- Ann Beattie's renowned storytelling abilities are on dazzling display in The Doctor's House.

The novel opens to Nina's account of her brother's sexual appetites and betrayals, and leads into her mother's narrative. As new shadows and light are cast on Nina's story, painful secrets of life in her father's house -- the doctor's house -- emerge. In the dramatic third movement, the brother gives us his perspective. Through subtle shifts, The Doctor's House chronicles the fictions three people fabricate in order to survive their lives and showcases the keen observances of family and culture that have made Beattie one of our most admired voices.

Perfect Recall, Scribner, 2002
Park City, Random House, 1999
My Life, Starring Dara Falcon , Random House, 1998
Another You, Random House, 1996
What Was Mine, Random House, 1992
Falling in Place, Random House, 1991
Secrets and Surprises, Random House, 1991
Chilly Scenes of Winter, Random House, 1991
Picturing Will, Random House, 1989
Where You'll Find Me, Linden Press, 1986
Love Always, Random House, 1985
The Burning House, Random House, 1982


Articles have appeared in Life; The New Yorker; Harper's; Esquire, among others.

Current Projects

  • A novella and a new collection of stories.
  • Writing about photography for the 21st Century: A Journal of Contemporary Photography


  • PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, 2000
  • Vice President for Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1998-1999
  • Elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1993
  • Award in Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1980
    Guggenheim Fellowship, 1978