Anne Fadiman

Adjunct Professor of English, Francis Writer in Residence

Address: BR K-11
Phone: 203-432-5325
Office hours

B.A., Harvard University, 1975

INTERESTS: Literary journalism, essays, memoir, autobiography

Anne Fadiman is an essayist and reporter. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, her account of the crosscultural conflicts between a Hmong family and the American medical system, won a National Book Critics Circle Award. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, is a book about books (buying them, writing in their margins, and arguing with her husband on how to shelve them). At Large and At Small is a collection of essays on Coleridge, postal history, and ice cream, among other topics; it was the source of an unencrypted quotation in the New York Times Sunday Acrostic  Her essays and articles have appeared in Harpers, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among other publications. She is the only writer to have won National Magazine Awards for both reporting (on elderly suicide) and essays (on the multiple and often contradictory meanings of the American flag). Fadiman has also edited a literary quarterly, The American Scholar, and two essay anthologies. As Francis Writer in Residence, she teaches nonfiction writing and serves as a mentor to students who are considering careers in writing or editing. In 2012 she received the Brodhead Prize for Teaching Excellence.


--The Oenophile’s Daughter


--The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997)

--Ex Libris (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998)

--Best American Essays 2003, editor (Houghton Mifflin, 2003)

--Rereadings, editor (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005)

--At Large and At Small (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007)

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES: Advanced Nonfiction Writing, Writing about Oneself