Claire Messud (2684 words)


I had been careful not to think of my lost love and my failed life, had been willfully repressing the cloud of my terrible aloneness; and so had been left in the same state as a boat becalmed in fog: unseeing, umoving, unmoored. —Messud, “The Hunters” (The Hunters 2001, 140)

Claire Messud (born 1966) is a fiction writer, essayist, and university teacher. American by birth, her mother is Canadian and her father ethnic French of Algerian descent. Married to writer James Wood, she is mother of their two children, Livia and Lucian. Educated at Yale University and the University of Cambridge, currently she teaches at Harvard University in the Department of English.

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Citation: Singer, Sandra. "Claire Messud". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 September 2017 [, accessed 20 June 2021.]

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