Peter Cameron è uno scrittore statunitense, omosessuale dichiarato.
Cameron ha vissuto in Pompton Plains, New Jersey e a Londra. Si è laureato all’Hamilton College di New York nel 1982 in letteratura inglese.
Ha venduto il suo primo racconto al The New Yorker nel 1983 dove ha successivamente pubblicato numerose altre storie. Il suo primo romanzo è stato una raccolta di racconti, dal titolo One Way or Another, pubblicato da Harper & Row nel 1986. Il suo secondo romanzo The Weekend, è stato pubblicato nel 1994 da Farrar, Straus & Giroux, che ha anche pubblicato Andorra, nel 1997 e The City of Your Final Destination, (in italiano: Quella sera dorata) nel 2002.
Vive attualmente a New York.
In Italia la fama gli è arrivata con il romanzo «Quella sera dorata», Adelphi 2006, traduzione di «The City of Your Final Destination» (2002), da cui James Ivory trasse un film con Charlotte Gainsbourg e Anthony Hopkins. Anche dal successivo romanzo, «Un giorno questo dolore ti sarà utile» («Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You») è stato tratto un film con la regia di Roberto Faenza, con Toby Regbo, Marcia Gay Harden, Peter Gallagher. L’anno successvo Adelphi ha tradotto «Paura della matematica», che raccoglie sette racconti. Cameron ha militato per il Lambda, una organizzione che tutela i diritti degli omosessuali e delle persone sieropositive, e lavora per il Trust for Public Land, una Onlus per la protezione dell’ambiente.
Nel 2012 ha fondato la Wallflower Press, una piccola casa editrice: «Cercavo una attività che mi consentisse di avere a che fare con i libri, con la loro matericità, anche quando non risucivo a scrivere.»
In un modo o nell’altro, 1987, Rizzoli (titolo originale: “One way or another” (1986)
Quella sera dorata, 2006, Adelphi (titolo originale: The City of Your Final Destination (2002)
Un giorno questo dolore ti sarà utile, 2007, Adelphi (titolo originale: Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2007)
Paura della matematica, 2008, Adelphi (raccoglie in tutto 7 racconti: Il mondo del ricordo, Memorial Day, Paura della matematica, Qualche scena del Lago dei Cigni, Compiti a casa, Lavori strani e Scorrimento veloce).
Biografia dal sito ufficiale
Peter Cameron was born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey in 1959 and grew up there and in London, England. He spent two years attending the progressive American School in London, where he discovered the joys of reading, and began writing stories, poems, and plays. Cameron graduated from Hamilton College in New York State in 1982 with a B.A. in English Literature.
He sold his first short story to The New Yorker in 1983, and published ten more stories in that magazine during the next few years. This exposure facilitated the publication of his first book, a collection of stories titled One Way or Another, published by Harper & Row in 1986. One Way or Another was awarded a special citation by the PEN/?Hemingway Award for First Book of Fiction. In 1988 Cameron was hired by Adam Moss to write a serial novel for the just-launched magazine 7 Days. This serial, which was written and published a chapter a week, became Leap Year, a comic novel of life and love in New York City in the twilight of the 1980s. It was published in 1989 by Harper & Row, which also published a second collection of stories, Far-flung, in 1991.
Beginning in 1990, Cameron stopped writing short fiction and turned his attention toward novels. His second novel, The Weekend, was published in 1994 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, which also published a third novel, Andorra, in 1997. FSG published Cameron’s fourth novel, The City of Your Final Destination, in 2002, and his fifth novel, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, in 2007. FSG will publish Cameron’s most recent novel, Coral Glynn, in February of 2012. His work has been translated into a dozen languages.
A film version of The Weekend, written and directed by Brian Skeet and starring Gena Rowlands and Brooke Shields, was released in 2000. Ovie has optioned the film rights to Andorra and plan to produce a film with a screenplay written by Cameron; Merchant Ivory Productions is preparing a film version of The City of Your Final Destination, to be directed by James Ivory from a screenplay written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Jean Vigo, an Italian production company, has produced a film version of Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You directed by Roberto Faenza.
Cameron counts among his strongest influences the novels of British women writers such as Rose Macaulay, Barbara Pym, Penelope Mortimer, and Elizabeth Taylor. He admires these writers for their elegant and accomplished use of language and their penetrating and sensitive exploration of personal life. He also admires the writing of the late William Maxwell for its natural elegance and deeply-felt humanity. Shirley Hazzard, James Salter, and Denton Welch are also revered.
After arriving in New York City in 1982, Cameron worked for a year in the subsidiary rights department of St. Martin’s Press. Upon realizing he did not want to pursue a career in publishing, he began doing administrative work for non-profit organizations. From 1983 – 1988 he worked for The Trust for Public Land, a land-conservation organization, and from 1990 – 1998 he worked for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a legal organization that protects and extends the civil rights of gay men, lesbians, and people with HIV/?AIDS. In 1987 he taught writing at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and from 1990 – 1996 he taught in the MFA program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts. From 1998 – 2005 he taught in Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program. He taught at Yale University in the fall of 2005, and more recently at The New School. He is a member of the board of directors of both The MacDowell Colony and The Corporation of Yaddo.
For the past twenty-five years, Cameron has lived on East 10th Street, in Greenwich Village.