Chang-rae Lee


A Gesture Life

Native Speaker


Chang-Rae Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1965, and emigrated to the United States when he was three. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale and the University of Oregon. His first novel, Native Speaker, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel and the American Book Award. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays, the New Yorker, the New York Times and numerous anthologies. After the publication of his second novel, A Gesture Life, Lee was named by the New Yorker as one of the twenty best authors under forty in the USA. Lee is the author of two further novels, Aloft and The Surrendered, and is Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton Universty.

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