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Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger (born June 13, 1963) is an American writer, artist and academic.

Personal Life

Audrey Niffenegger was born in 1963 in South Haven, Michigan. Then she moved to Evanston, Illinois and has since spent a majority of her life in Chicago. Niffenegger is married to cartoonist Eddie Campbell. Niffenegger and Campbell collaborated on the visual novel, Bizarre Romance to celebrate the Comics Unmasked exhibit at the British Library.


Starting off

Niffenegger started writing books when she was six years old. Her first book was only one page long, but as time went on and her writing skills developed, she became a famous author. She started making books herself by using processes such as intaglio and letterpress. She also wrote many novels which were produced on an offset press in large quantities.


Niffenegger's debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, was published in 2003 and it was one of the bestselling books. A film adaptation was released in 2009. Niffenegger has no intention of watching the movie because she stated that the characters are only truly hers in the book, not in the movie. Niffenegger orginally conceptualized The Time Traveler's Wife as a graphic novel but realized that the time travel would be difficult to capture in visualizations.

In March 2009, Niffenegger sold her second novel, a literary ghost story called Her Fearful Symmetry, to Charles Scribner's Sons for an advance of $5 million. The book was released on October 1, 2009 and is set in London's Highgate Cemetery where, during research for the book, Niffenegger acted as a tour guide. Though not as huge a commercial juggernaut as The Time Traveler's Wife, this book got generally more positive critical reviews and cinched Niffenegger's reputation as a leading novelist of ideas and atmosphere.

Niffenegger collaborated with Wayne McGregor on a balletic fable, Raven Girl (2013), performed at the Royal Opera House in London in 2013, 2015.

In 2009, she started working on a novel called The Chinchilla Girl in Exile.

Visual books

Niffenegger has degrees from the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University. As a undergraduate student at the Art Institute of Chicago , Niffenegger created her own book arts major combining etching, letterpress arts and bookbinding. Her first project was called "The Adventuress," which she self-described as "a novel In pictures". Niffenegger's second novel in pictures was titled "The Three Incestuous Sisters" which she created while completing her M.F.A. at Northwestern.

These two novels in pictures were subsequently published by Harry N. Abrams. The Three Incestuous Sisters was published in 2005 and tells the story of three unusual sisters who live in a seaside house; the book has been compared to the work of Edward Gorey. The Adventuress was released on September 1, 2006.

The 2004 short story "The Night Bookmobile" was serialized in 2008 in "Visual Novel" format in The Guardian. The Night Bookmobile was published on October 1, 2010 by Jonathan Cape. Niffenegger intends The Night Bookmobile to be the first installment in a series titled "The Library." She is working on the second installment, called Moths of the New World, about a stolen book.


Niffenegger completed her undergraduate degree at the Art Institute of Chicago where she worked on becoming a visual artist. After completing her undergraduate, she got her M.F.A at Northwestern University. Niffenegger is currently a professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, where she co-founded the Columbia College Chicago Center for the Book and Paper Arts.Niffenegger is also the founding member of T3 or Text 3, an artist and writer's group which also performs and exhibits in Chicago. She is an alumna and board member of the Ragdale Foundation.


Niffenegger describes herself as "somewhere in the spectrum of agnosticism and atheism" and ascribes her disbelief to her Catholic background.



  • Ghostly : A Collection of Ghost Stories (Scribner, 2015) ISBN 9781501111198 An anthology selected and illustrated by Audrey Niffenegger. She also wrote the introduction.

Visual books

  • The Spinster (1986)
  • Aberrant Abecedarium (1986)
  • The Murderer
  • Spring
  • The Three Incestuous Sisters (2005)
  • The Adventuress (2006)
  • The Night Bookmobile (2008)
  • Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger (2013)
  • Bizarre Romance (with Eddie Campbell, Abrams, 2018)


  • The Time Traveler's Wife (2003)
  • Her Fearful Symmetry (2009)
  • Raven Girl (2013)

Short stories

  • "Jakob Wywialowski and the Angels" (2004)
  • "Prudence: The Cautionary Tale of a Picky Eater" in the book Poisonous Plants at Table (2006)

Books Forwarded by Niffenegge

  • The Art of Neil Gaiman (with Hayley Campbell, Neil Gaiman)
  • Classic Penguin : Cover to Cover ( Paul Buckley)
  • Mr. Wrong : Real-Life Stories about the Men We Used to Love (Jacquelyn Mitchard, Harriet Brown, et al.)


External links

  • Audrey Niffenegger, Her Site, Audrey Niffenegger's website
  • Interview with Audrey Niffenegger, December 2008
  • Works by or about Audrey Niffenegger in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  • Printworks Gallery, Art gallery representing Audrey Niffenegger
  • Audrey Niffenegger on IMDb
  • Interview with Writer Unboxed 3/06 about craft, the process of writing and editing, Time Traveler's Wife, The Three Incestuous Sisters, Her Fearful Symmetry, more.
  • Feature-length radio interview on KGNU with Claudia Cragg discussing 'Her Fearful Symmetry'
  • Audrey Niffenegger Papers at Newberry Library
  • Audrey Niffenegger on Meet The Writers, Monocle 24 talking to Georgina Godwin

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