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Elizabeth Tallent

Bella Mabury and Eloise Mabury Knapp Professor of Humanities
B.A., Illinois State University, 1975
At Stanford Since: 


Elizabeth Tallent is the author of the novel Museum Pieces and four collections of short stories, In Constant Flight, Time with Children, Honey, and Mendocino Fire. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper's, Grand Street, The Paris Review, and The Threepenny Review, as well as in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize Award, and The Best American Essays. Her teaching has been honored with Stanford's Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award and the Northern California Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa's Excellence in Teaching Award, recognizing "the extraordinary gifts, diligence, and amplitude of spirit that mark the best in teaching." In 2009 she was honored with Stanford's Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching. Mendocino Fire is a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award. Her memoir Perfectionism is forthcoming from Harper.

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Dec 3 2015 | Stanford News
In her fiction and in the classroom, Stanford English Professor Elizabeth Tallent is interested in how our relationships change who we are....