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Jane Smiley Jane Smiley

Distinguished Professor

Jane Smiley's novel A Thousand Acres won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992; her novel The All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton won the 1999 Spur Award for Best Novel of the West. She has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1987. Her novel Horse Heaven was short-listed for the Orange Prize in 2002, and her latest novel, Private Life, was chosen as one of the best books of 2010 by The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post.

She has written several works of nonfiction, including Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel and The Man Who Invented the Computer. She has also published five volumes of a horse series for young adults, "The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch."

Her new novel, to be published in Fall 2014, is Some Luck, the first volume of a trilogy entitled The Last Hundred Years.

Jane Smiley received her BA from Vassar College in 1971, her MFA from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop in 1976, and her PhD in English with Creative Dissertation from the University of Iowa in 1978.