Author Profile: Frederic Tuten is an American novelist, essayist and short story writer.
Name: Frederic Tuten
1971 – The Adventures of Mao on the Long March
1993 – Tintin in the New World: A Romance
2002 – The Green Hour
2010 - Self Portraits: Fictions
2019 – My Young Life – A Memoir
Background: Frederic Tuten was born on 2nd December 1936 in the Bronx, New York, United States. He is 83 years old. He has completed his education at the New York University (1971) and The City College of New York.
At the age of 15 years Frederic Tuten dropped out of High School, became a painter, took up odd jobs and resided in Paris. He studied briefly at the Art Students League, went to school again and completed his Ph.D in early 19th century American Literature from New York University.
He travelled through South and Latin America, wrote about Brazilian Cinema Novo, learnt Mexican and pre-Columbian mural painting at the University of Mexico and joined film makers including Nelson Pereira dos Santos and Glauber Rocha. He taught literature and film at the University of Paris. He conducted writing workshops in summer in Tangiers with Paul Bowles, co-wrote ‘Possession’ a cult film and acted in a short film made by Alain Resnais.
Genre: Frederic Tuten’s genre is Fiction. Frederic Tuten is at once acutely aware of the human heart and is daringly inventive in a way that he can seamlessly move from magic realism to more traditional prose.
Literary Contributions: Frederic Tuten has received the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada for Fiction. He has been awarded one O.Henry Prize, three Pushcart Prizes and the Award for Distinguished Writing from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. On 4th April 2019 he had his first solo show of his drawings in New York at the Planthouse Gallery.
Unique Stylistic Features: The Adventures of Mao on the Long March, a novel by Federic Tuten is a modern classic with Walter Mosley being one of the most devoted fans. In the 1970s when the novel was published it has been called ‘almost too good to be true’ by the New York Times.
Self Portraits, is Frederic Tuten’s recent story collection book in which he pens down passage and loss of time with heartbreak, brio and wit.
Frederic Tuten has written fictions and essays for artist’s catalogues including Jeff Koons, Ross Bleckner, David Salle to name a few. His fiction work has been translated into nine languages. He has released the movie, ‘Possession’.