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Gina Berriault

Born: Jan 1, 1926

Death: Jul 15, 1999

Birthplace: Long Beach

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Gina Berriault

Date of Birth : Jan 1, 1926
Date of Death : Jul 15, 1999
Birth Place : Long Beach

Gina Berriault, was an American novelist and short story writer. Berriault was born in Long Beach, California, to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents. Her father was a freelance writer and Berriault took her inspiration from him, using his stand-up typewriter to write her first stories while still in grammar school. Berriault had a prolific writing career, which included stories, novels and screenplays. Her writing tended to focus on life in and around San Francisco. She published four novels and three collections of short stories, including Women in Their Beds: New & Selected Stories, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award. In 1997 Berriault was chosen as winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story, for outstanding achievement in that genre. Berriault taught writing at the Iowa Writers Workshop and San Francisco State University. She also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram-Merrill Fellowship, a Commonwealth Gold Medal for Literature, the Pushcart Prize and several O'Henry prizes.


  • Writer
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • Arline Shandling

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
  • PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
  • Rea Award for the Short Story
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