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Author: Michael Frayn

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Author, Michael Frayn
Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn has written plays, novels, and screenplays, in addition to being a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and translator of Chekhov. His thirteen plays include Copenhagen, which was awarded the Tony Award for Best Play, as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards and, in the United Kingdom, the Olivier and Evening Standard awards. His novel Headlong was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novel, Spies, was published in 2002. Born in London in 1933 and educated at Cambridge, Frayn is married to the biographer and critic Claire Tomalin; they live in London.

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Michael Frayn Trivia: Michael Frayn is alleged to have declined a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1989 and a Knighthood in 2003. When asked about why he declined, he said, according to an article in the Guardian (Dec. 22, 2003) by Tania Branigan, "I haven't done this for reasons of modesty. I like the name 'Michael Frayn'; it's a nice little name to run around with. I've spent 70 years getting used to it and I don't want to change it now." Read the entire article.

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