David Leavitt was born in 1961 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Yale in 1983 and is currently a professor at the University of Florida, where he is also editor of the University of Florida literary journal Subtropics. He has previously taught at Princeton.
Leavitt is the author of seven novels and four story collections. He made his literary debut with the 1984 collection Family Dancing, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
His novels include The Lost Language of Cranes (1986), Equal Affections (1989), While England Sleeps (1993), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize, The Body of Jonah Boyd (2004), and The Indian Clerk (2007), which was also a PEN/Faulkner finalist and was shortlisted for the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award...Show More »
Leavitt has also published several works of nonfiction.
Leavitt has been lauded as a skilled prose stylist, and his work is known for its exploration of identity. Much of Leavitt's fiction, whether historical or set in the present day, concerns gay identity and its impact on family and society. He has also often written successfully from the perspective of a woman.
Leavitt is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He divides his time between Gainesville, Florida and Tuscany.