Lucy Ellmann was born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1956. Her father was Richard Ellmann, the biographer of Joyce Wilde and Yeats, and her mother, Mary Ellmann, the literary critic. She moved to England when she was thirteen and attended the Falmouth School of Art, Essex University and the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is married to the writer Todd McEwen. She has written seven novels.
1988 Sweet Desserts
1991 Varying Degrees of Hopelessness
1999 Man or Mango? A Lament
2003 Dot in the Universe
2006 Doctors & Nurses
2019 Ducks, Newburyport
2021 Things Are Against Us (essays)