- 08 Jun 17
Set to be interviewed by Florence Welch at Borris House this weekend, the writer’s Cork roots, his love of Joyce, Sofia Coppola’s classic adaptation of The Virgin Suicides, and his views on Trump-era America are all on the agenda as he talks to Paul Nolan
One might not immediately think from his surname – which is of Greek extraction – but Pulitzer-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides has Irish roots.
“Yeah, I actually found out a bit more about this a while ago,” says the softly spoken author, speaking down the line from New Jersey, where he teaches at Princeton. “Apparently my lineage goes back to Cork in the 1650s; they may have been Anglo-Irish Protestants. Then obviously they moved over to the US. I also have some English and of course Greek in my background.”
Perhaps fittingly given his Irish roots, one of Eugenides’ major formative influences was James Joyce’s masterpiece A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man, which he read as a teenager in Detroit.