Jane Smiley is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist. Smiley published her first novel, “Barn Blind”, in 1980, and won a 1985 O. Henry Award for her short story “Lily”, which was published in “The Atlantic Monthly”. Her best-selling “A Thousand Acres,” a story based on William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992. It was adapted into a film of the same title in 1997. In 1995 she wrote her sole television script produced, for an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street. Her novella “The Age of Grief” was made into the 2002 film The Secret Lives of Dentists.