Biography of Andre Aciman

André Aciman is an Egyptian-born, American essayist and novelist. He grew up in a multilingual, Jewish family attending English language schools in Alexandria and Rome before moving to New York City in 1968. He obtained a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Lehman College in 1973 and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in 1988. He went on to teach creative writing at New York University, French literature at Princeton and Bard College, and (currently) history of literary theory and Proust at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has also taught creative writing at Cooper Union and Yeshiva University.

Aciman’s memoir Out of Egypt (1995), which deals with his life as a Jewish boy in post-colonial Egypt, was reviewed widely and received the Whiting Award. He has also published four other non-fiction books and three novels, among which is Call Me By Your Name (2007), which was adapted into a 2017 film directed by Luca Guadagnino, with a screenplay by James Ivory, and starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet. Call Me By Your Name won the 2007 Lambda Literary Award in the category of Gay Fiction.

Aciman lives with his wife and two sons in Manhattan.

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