Zadie Smith: Biography

Zadie Smith

25 okt 1975

Born to an English father and Jamaican mother on Oct 27, 1975 in London, Zadie Smith acquired a place for herself in the world of writers at a very young age. Her first novel got published when she was in the first year of college. Acknowledging her talent, she was included on Granta’s list of 20 best young authors.

Zadie was originally named Sadie Smith. At the age of 14, she changed the spelling of her first name to Zadie. Her parents divorced when she was a teenager. Zadie was interested in poetry and stories from a very young age. She studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge.

When Zadie was 21 years, she submitted her 80 page book to an agent which got published after several years as, ‘White Teeth’, her first novel. The novel won her numerous awards including the Whitbread First Novel Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. ‘White Teeth’ was also included in Time Magazine’s TIME 100 Best English language novels from 1923 to 2005 list and was adapted for television in 2002 by Channel 4.

Zadie’s second novel, ‘The Autograph Man’ published in 2002 also received positive feedback. Her third novel, ‘On Beauty’ was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and won the 2006 Orange Prize for fiction. Zadie became a fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Zadie also edited the short-story collections, ‘Piece of Flesh’ and ‘The Book of other People’ and published a collection of essays, ‘Changing My Mind’. She joined New York University’s Creative Writing Program as a tenured professor on 1 Sep, 2010.

Zadie Smith married Nick Laird in 2004, whom she met at Cambridge University and they have two children. It is publicised that the talented young author Smith along with her husband are writing the screenplay for a science fiction movie to be directed by French film maker Claire Denis. Young Zadie has achieved a lot and still on her way to reach places.