Mary Gaitskill’s work is remarkable for its insights into the cruelties of life and for complex female characters struggling with taboos such as prostitution, addiction, and sadomasochism. The author of eight books, including the novel This Is Pleasure and the hybrid of fiction, memoir, essay, and art The Devil’s Treasure, Gaitskill received the Arts and Letters Award in Literature. The 2002 film Secretary is based on Gaitskill’s short story of the same name from the collection Bad Behavior. Gaitskill lives in New York.
Photograph by Hillary Harvey.