American writer and editor, born in Chicago. His first book, the formally inventive A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000), is described as a novel but based largely on his own experiences: the death of his parents and his life with his brother Toph in the time that followed. Eggers founded McSweeney's publishing house in 1998, and its quarterly literary magazine; when he came to publish his novel You Shall Know Our Velocity (2002), he did so privately under the McSweeney imprint. This book is the story of Will who travels around the world trying to give away a large sum of money. Eggers has also written short stories collected in How We Are Hungry (2004), and another novel, What Is the What (2006), set in war‐torn southern Sudan.