Jonathan Franzen's Birth:
Jonathan Franzen was born August 17, 1959 in Western Springs, Illinois.
Jonathan Franzen's Background and Writing:
Jonathan Franzen was born in a suburb of Chicago and raised in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1981 and studied thereafter at the Freie Universität in Berlin on a Fulbright scholarship.
Jonathan Franzen's recent novels have been hailed as literary masterpieces. Both The Corrections
are sprawling, realist novels about the deterioration of the family in suburban, middle class America, as was his 1988 debut novel, The Twenty-Seventh City
When The Corrections, Franzen's third novel, was selected for Oprah Winfrey's book club in 2001, Franzen's response was famously unenthusiastic, essentially declining the Oprah nod. Much media attention followed Oprah's retraction of her invitation for Franzen to appear on the show, from which The Corrections quickly benefitted, becoming one of decade's best selling literary novels. The Corrections won both the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2002 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.
In 2002, Franzen published a collections of essays, How to Be Alone
, and in 2006, a memoir titled The Discomfort Zone
(2010) is his fourth novel. In 2013, Franzen published The Kraus Project
, an introduction to the essays of Austrian satirist Karl Kraus.
Jonathan Franzen's Books:
- The Twenty-Seventh City (1988)
- Strong Motion (1992)
- The Corrections (2001)
- How to Be Alone (2002)
- The Discomfort Zone (2006)
- Freedom (2010)
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