Harriet Scott Chessman is the author of three acclaimed novels: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, published in eight foreign countries and chosen as a #1 Booksense Pick in 2001; Someone Not Really Her Mother, a Good Morning America Read This! book club pick, translated into Japanese and Dutch, and voted one of The San Francisco Chronicle's Best Books of 2004; and Ohio Angels, called "a poetic and moving first novel," "a lyrical debut." Two of her children's stories have found publication in Ladybug and Spider.
Before becoming a fiction writer, Harriet taught English and American literature at Yale University and published The Public Is Invited to Dance, an interpretation of Gertrude Stein's experimental writings. She has published essays on Elizabeth Bowen, Gertrude Stein and Mary Cassatt, in addition to coediting (with Catharine Stimpson) The Library of America's two volumes of the writings of Gertrude Stein. She has taught courses on creative nonfiction at Bread Loaf School of English and Yale University, and is now teaching a course for Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program titled "Point of View: Your Window into Fiction."
Harriet moved in 2002 from Connecticut to the Bay Area with her husband Bryan Wolf, an art historian of American and Dutch art at Stanford University, and their three children.
You are welcome to check out her web site at www.harrietchessman.com.
Art, especially Impressionist painting; Mozart; Virginia Woolf, for her courage as a writer and her astonishing understanding of interior life; Elizabeth Bowen; Chekhov; early James Joyce.
Untitled as of yet! A novel about love and grace and sight
The Permanent Press
Seven Stories Press
My children, writing, reading, walking, theater. Beloved places: The Abbey of Regina Laudis; Bread Loaf School of English; Madison, Connecticut; Long Island Sound; New Hampshire; the Bay Area.
Crowded Fire Theater in San Francisco. Authors Guild. PEN.
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