Novelist Christopher Bram was born on February 22, 1952 in Buffalo, New York. Raised predominantly in Tidewater Virginia, Bram attended the College of William and Mary where he majored in English. As an undergraduate, he was actively involved in the Author's Guild, Omicron Delta Kappa, and served as the Editor of the literary journal, the William and Mary Review, from 1973-1974. After graduating with honors in 1974, Mr. Bram returned to the college in 1999 as a writer in residence.
As a writer, Christopher Bram has published nine novels, a number of short stories and articles, as well as adapted his work into screenplays. His novels include: "Surprising Myself" (1987), "Hold Tight" (1988), "In Memory of Angel Clare" (1989), "Almost History" (1992), "Father of Frankenstein" (1995), "Gossip" (1997), "The Notorious Dr. August: his Real Life and Crimes" (2000), "Lives of Circus Animals" (2003), and "Exiles in America" (2006). They have gained wide acclaim for addressing contemporary issues including homosexuality. "Exiles in America" was set at William & Mary.
He has been honored as a 2001 Guggenheim Fellow and in 2003 he received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. A 1998 film adaptation of Bram's novel "Father of Frankenstein," entitled "Gods and Monsters" won an Oscar for "Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material in Another Medium." Bram has worked on a variety of screenplays including the short films "George," "Al," and "Business-like." His short stories and articles have appeared in publications such as the New York Times Book Review, New York Native, Night and Day, Lamdba Book Report, and Christopher Street among others.
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