An American fiction writer and Yale University professor, he is best known for his 1998 work, The Hours, which won both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His other novels include Specimen Days (2005) and By Nightfall (2010).
He studied English literature at Stanford University and later earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. He published some of his early short stories in the Paris Review and the Atlantic Monthly.
He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
He was born in Ohio and raised in Southern California. He had a lengthy domestic partnership with psychologist Ken Corbett.
His novel, The Hours, was made into a feature film starring Nicole Kidman.