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Andrew Solomon Biography, Age, Gay, Daughter, Career and Books

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 Andrew Solomon Biography

Andrew Solomon is an American writer on politics, culture, and psychology who is known for his writing for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, Travel and Leisure, and other publications. Among the topics that Solomon has written on are depression, the cultural rebirth of Afghanistan, deaf politics, Libyan politics and Soviet artists.

Solomon lives in London and New York City. He is the writer of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, a memoir that won him the 2001 National Book Award. In 2002, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and his book was included in The Times list of one hundred best books of the decade. Andrew is also a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, and a past President of PEN American Center.

Andrew Solomon Age

Andrew is years old as of 2018. He was born on 30 October 1963 in Manhattan, New York, United States.

Andrew Solomon Education

Solomon attended the Horace Mann School and graduated cum laude in 1981. He enrolled in Yale University to study English and in 1985, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, graduating magna cum laude. From Jesus College, Cambridge, Solomon earned a master’s degree in English and a Ph.D. in psychology from the same institution in August 2013. His thesis was on attachment theory and was prepared under the supervision of Juliet Mitchell.

Andrew Solomon Family

Born in Manhattan, Andrew is the oldest son of Howard Solomon and his wife Carolyn Bower Solomon. His father is the founder of Hildred Capital Partners and a former chairman of Forest Laboratories. He has a brother by the name David Solomon who is a partner at Hildred Capital Partners.

His mother committed suicide after a long battle with ovarian cancer and Solomon talks of his family’s presence during that time in a fictionalized account in his novel, A Stone Boat; and again in The Noonday Demon as well as in an article for The New Yorker. Solomon also suffers from depression which he has managed with psychotherapy and antidepressant medications.

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Andrew Solomon Gay – Andrew Solomon Husband

Solomon is gay and is married to John Habich. The two had met in 2001 while Solomon was on a book tour and soon began dating. Mr. Habich is 11 years older than Solomon and he is the one who proposed first to Solomon. Solomon was hesitant at first and when he came around, he proposed to Habich. Solomon holds dual citizenship of the UK and the US.

They had a civil partnership at Althorp, the Spencer family estate in Northampton, England on 30th June 2007. The partnership was officiated by Pam Allen, superintendent registrar for Northampton as they stood beneath the portraits of Princess Diana and her Spencer ancestors. This procedure was also followed by Christian and Jewish ceremonies. They married again on July 17, 2009, the eighth anniversary of their meeting, in Connecticut, so that their marriage would be legally recognized in the state of New York.

Andrew Solomon Child – Daughter

Solomon is a biological father to Carolyn Blaine Smith Solomon, his daughter with longtime friend Blaine Smith. The two decided to have a child in 2003 and she was born in November 2007. She lives with her mother in Texas. He is also an adoptive father of a son, George Charles Habich Solomon, born in April 2009. Habich is also the biological father of two children, Oliver and Lucy Scher, born to lesbian friends who live in Minneapolis.

Andrew Solomon Career

Solomon’s career in writing kicked off when he began conducting studies on Russian artists in 1988. This led him to write The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost (Knopf, 1991). He published his first novel, A Stone Boat, in 1994. It is a story of a man’s shifting identity as he watches his mother battle cancer. It became a runner up for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction prize.

He joined The New York Times Magazine as a contributing writer in 1993 and remained with the publication in his capacity until 2001. In the same year, he published his other book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression which has since been translated into twenty-four languages. The New York Times named it a Notable Book of 2001 and it was included in the American Library Association’s 2002 list of Notable Books.

The book also won other awards such as the National Book Award for Nonfiction; the Books for a Better Life Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; the 2002 Ken Book Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City; Mind Book of the Year; the Lambda Literary Award for Autobiography/Memoir; and Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Visions Award.

Solomon was also honored for his book with the Dr. Albert J. Solnit Memorial Award from Fellowship Place; the Voice of Mental Health Award from the Jed Foundation and the National Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America); the Prism Award from the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association; the Erasing the Stigma Leadership Award from Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services; the Charles T. Rubey L.O.S.S. Award from the Karla Smith Foundation; and the Silvano Arieti Award from the William Alanson White Institute.

Solomon is the writer of the 2003 article, “The Amazing Life of Laura”, which is a profile of diarist Laura Rothenberg. for this, he received the Clarion Award for Health Care Journalism, and the Angel of Awareness Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He also wrote “Cancer & Creativity: One Chef’s True Story,” in April 2009 and received the Bert Greene Award for Food Journalism by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. His reminiscence on a friend who committed suicide won him the Folio Eddie Gold Award in 2011.

Apart from magazine publications, Solomon has written books of criticism and essays for many anthologies. This work is featured on National Public Radio’s Moth Radio Hour. Solomon was appointed Professor of Clinical Psychologyin in the summer of 2014 at Columbia University Medical Center. He also earned the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media award.

In April 2016, he published a collection of his international reporting since 1991 in a book called Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change. It has since been reissued with the title, Far and Away: How Travel Can Change the World. Far from the Tree, a documentary based on Solomon’s book, premiered at the DOC NYC festival on November 10, 2017.

Solomon is also the founder of the Solomon Research Fellowships in LGBT Studies at Yale University. As a result of his activism in LGBTQ rights, Solomon is a member of the board of directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and a patron of the Proud2Be Project. He has also written articles on gay marriage.

Andrew Solomon Books

♦  1991 – The irony tower: Soviet artists in a time of glasnost
♦  1994 – A Stone Boat
♦  2001 – The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
♦  2012 – Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
♦  2014 – The reckoning: the father of the Sandy Hook killer searches for answers
♦  2016 – Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change

Andrew Solomon TEDx Talks

♦  2017 – How open borders make us safe at TEDxExeter 2017 Exeter, Devon
♦  2014 – How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are at TED2014 Vancouver, British Columbia
♦  2013 – Love, no matter what at TEDMED 2013 Washington, D.C.
♦  2013 – Depression, the secret we share at TEDxMet 2013 New York, New York

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