Steven Millhauser

Steven Millhauser is an American author and novelist known for his imaginative and fantastical fiction. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1997 for his novel 'Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer.' His work often explores themes of fantasy versus reality, the extraordinary in the ordinary, and the impact of obsession. Millhauser's narrative style is characterized by detailed descriptions and a lyrical quality. He has also written short stories, such as those collected in 'The Knife Thrower and Other Stories.'


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  1. 1. Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

    The novel follows the life of Martin Dressler, a young entrepreneur in late 19th century New York City. Starting as a cigar shop worker, Martin's ambition and drive lead him to become a successful hotel tycoon. His relentless pursuit of the American Dream, however, leads to his eventual downfall, as his grandiose ideas and projects become increasingly unrealistic and unsustainable. The book explores themes of ambition, the American Dream, and the fine line between success and failure.

  2. 2. Dangerous Laughter

    "Dangerous Laughter" is a collection of thirteen short stories that delve into the surreal and fantastical. Each narrative explores unique themes such as a town that becomes obsessed with silent laughter, a man who constructs an enormous tower in his backyard, or a group of teenagers who play a dangerous game of fainting. The stories are filled with rich imagery and intricate details, creating a world that is both familiar and strange, blurring the line between reality and illusion.

  3. 3. We Others: New & Selected Stories

    "We Others: New & Selected Stories" is a collection that brings together a range of captivating short stories, blending the magical with the mundane. The anthology showcases the author's talent for infusing ordinary settings with a sense of wonder, often blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Readers are treated to a diverse array of narratives, from tales of small-town enchantments to introspective explorations of human nature. The stories, both new and previously published, highlight the author's skill in creating rich, immersive worlds and characters that resonate with a deep understanding of the complexities of life and the human psyche.