From his quizzical essays on the fate of fiction to anecdotes casting him as a blindfolded novelist quivering before the blank page, Jonathan Franzen is better-suited than most for the role of the model writer. But as evidenced by the uproar that surrounded The Corrections' aborted bid as an Oprah's Book Club tome, the model-writer role is a curse as much as a blessing.
Jonathan Franzen is a frequent contributor of essays, stories, and reported pieces to The New Yorker.He is the author of the novels “Purity,” “Freedom,” “The Corrections,” “Strong.
The critic Catherine Gallagher, in her essay “The Rise of Fictionality,” takes up a curious paradox related to this kind of truth: the eighteenth century was not only the moment when fiction.The essayist, Jonathan Franzen writes, is like “a fire-fighter, whose job, while everyone else is fleeing the flames of shame, is to run straight into them.” For the past twenty-five years, even as his novels have earned him worldwide acclaim, Franzen has led a second life as a risk-taking essayist. Now, at a moment when technology has inflamed tribal hatreds and the planet is beset by.Jonathan Earl Franzen (born August 17, 1959) is an American novelist and essayist.His 2001 novel The Corrections, a sprawling, satirical family drama, drew widespread critical acclaim, earned Franzen a National Book Award, was a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist, earned a James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award.
Jonathan Franzen is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and the author of, most recently, the novel “Purity.” More: Beauty Divorce Edith Wharton Henry James John Steinbeck Money Novelists.Read More
Jonathan Franzen, (born August 17, 1959, Western Springs, Illinois, U.S.), American novelist and essayist whose sprawling multilayered novels about contemporary America elicited critical acclaim. Franzen grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, and later attended Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. After earning a B.A. in 1981, he attended Berlin’s Freie.Read More
The End of the End of the Earth: Essays, by Jonathan Franzen, Fourth Estate, 230 pp, ISBN: 978-0008299224. It’s OK to hate Jonathan Franzen. Exhibit A: In November 2018, to mark the publication of The End of the End of the Earth, his new collection of nonfiction pieces, the bookchat website Lithub republished “10 Rules for the Novelist”, a list that Franzen originally composed for a 2010.Read More
Jonathan Franzen is the author of THE TWENTY- SEVENTH, STRONG MOTION and THE CORRECTIONS. His fiction and nonfiction appear frequently in the NEW YORKER and HARPER'S, and he was named one of the best American novelists under forty by GRANTA and the NEW YORKER. He lives in New York City.Read More
Buy How to be Alone: Essays Reprint by Franzen, Jonathan (ISBN: 9780374173272) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.Read More
Via Galleycat:. Jonathan Franzen, known gossip, seems to be on a quick trip toward Old Mansville, where he will retire to a rocking horse and only do things the hard way, and condemn all the young people for their use of automobiles and dialing telephones.He hates eBooks!He hates sex!And he hates the way you whippersnappers are always boiling your thoughts down to 140 characters.Read More
In his essay, Franzen compares Twitter to cigarettes. This is inaccurate. Twitter is like doing cut-rate cocaine at a boring party where a lot of the guests dislike you. (As I said, I lived in San.Read More
Jonathan Franzen: It takes pressure off the novels. I can write discursively about ideas without having to load all of that onto a fictional story. I think the only reason an author should ever put a personal opinion in a novel is to try to talk himself or herself out of it. Otherwise, who exactly are you ranting at? I think of the reader as my friend, not as some clueless person who needs to.Read More
Jonathan Franzen takes a Lindblad National Geographic expedition to Antarctica, South Georgia island, and the Falklands—before climate change destroys them.Read More
When The Corrections was published in the fall of 2001, Jonathan Franzen was probably better known for his nonfiction than for the two novels he had already published. In an essay he wrote for Harper's in 1996, Franzen lamented the declining cultural authority of the American novel and described his personal search for reasons to persist as a fiction writer.Read More