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Pulitzer Prize-winning author read from his book on March 28 at Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - March 6, 2001

(New Orleans)—-Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham will be Loyola University New Orleans’ campus on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium where he will read from his third novel The Hours. Cunningham received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for The Hours. The Biever Guest Lecture Series sponsored this event.

The Hours draws on the life and work of Virginia Woolf and intertwines it into the lives of two contemporary women. Identifying with Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Cunningham’s characters Clarissa Vaughan and Laura Brown struggle individually to cope with their own conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair. In The New York Times Michael Woods calls the award-winning work, "a delicate, triumphant glance, an acknowledgment of Woolf that takes her into Cunningham’s own territory, a place of late-century danger but also of treasurable hours." Cunningham has been described as "one of our very best writers" by Richard Eder of The Los Angeles Times. His two other works are Caught at the End of the World and Flesh and Blood.