Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan

By the early nineties, McEwan's works gained greater recognition in both the literary and film circles. In 1990, the film "The Comfort of Strangers" marked the first time one of his novels was adapted for the big screen and the Cold War-themed novel, The Innocent (1990), was released to critical acclaim. Three years later, the novel was adapted into a film that starred Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins. In the same year, his debut novel The Cement Garden was also turned into a feature film, while moviegoers were treated with McEwan's screenplay for the thriller "The Good Son" (1993) starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Elijah Wood. In the late 1990s, his novels Enduring Love (1997) and Amsterdam (1998) placed McEwan as one of the premier authors in English literature. Both novels were nearly universally praised by the critics, while Amsterdam garnered his first win of the Man Booker Prize for best original novel. McEwan's next novel Atonement (2001), was often considered his magnum opus. Although the family saga was only shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, it won the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, the 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and was named Time's best fiction novel of the year as well as making the magazine's list of "All-Time 100 Greatest Novels." These three novels all received film adaptations, with 2007's "Atonement" receiving numerous accolades and becoming an Oscar nominee for Best Motion Picture of the Year. It was not a surprise that England's daily newspaper The Times named McEwan in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945," which placed him among other literary greats such as George Orwell, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis. In 2014, McEwan released his thirteenth novel titled The Children Act which focused on a judge's inner turmoil over a difficult case with conflicting evidence.