Quotes by Michael Cunningham

"You cannot find peace by avoiding life."

"I was not ladylike, nor was I manly. I was something else altogether. There were so many different ways to be beautiful."

"The secret of flight is this -- you have to do it immediately, before your body realizes it is defying the laws."

"One always has a better book in one's mind than one can manage to get onto paper."

"We throw our parties; we abandon our families to live alone in Canada; we struggle to write books that do not change the world, despite our gifts and our unstinting efforts, our most extravagant hopes. We live our lives, do whatever we do, and then we sleep. It's as simple and ordinary as that. A few jump out windows, or drown themselves, or take pills; more die by accident; and most of us are slowly devoured by some disease, or, if we're very fortunate, by time itself. There's just this for consolation: an hour here or there when our lives seem, against all odds and expectations, to burst open and give us everything we've ever imagined, though everyone but children (and perhaps even they) know these hours will inevitably be followed by others, far darker and more difficult. Still, we cherish the city, the morning; we hope, more than anything, for more. Heaven only knows why we love it so..."


Books by Michael Cunningham

  • Mrs Dalloway
  • 236,245 ratings
  • 2011 by The Folio Society

    (first published May 14th 1925)

  • The Hours
  • 127,640 ratings
  • October 2002 by Picador USA

    (first published November 1st 1998)

  • Death in Venice
  • 40,006 ratings
  • May 31st 2005 by Ecco

    (first published 1911)

  • The Voyage Out
  • 9,389 ratings
  • May 8th 2001 by Modern Library

    (first published 1915)

  • By Nightfall
  • 9,294 ratings
  • September 28th 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • The Snow Queen
  • 6,721 ratings
  • May 6th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    (first published May 2014)

  • Specimen Days
  • 5,595 ratings
  • April 18th 2006 by Picador USA

    (first published 2005)

  • Flesh and Blood
  • 5,323 ratings
  • May 22nd 1996 by Touchstone

    (first published 1995)

Michael Cunningham
  • Michael Cunningham

  • Born: in Cincinnati, Ohio, The United States.

  • Description: Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize), Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as the non-fiction book, Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown. His new novel, The Snow Queen, will be published in May of 2014. He lives in New York, and teaches at Yale University.