Jonathan Franzen

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General Information

Name: Jonathan Franzen

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction

Born: 1959 in Western Springs, Illinois

Website: N/A

Email: N/A

Illinois Connection

Jonathan Franzen was born in Western Springs, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jonathan Franzen is a novelist and essayist. He was born in Western Springs, Illinois and grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. A graduate of Swarthmore College (1981), Franzen began publishing novels in the late 1980s.

His book, The Corrections, a sprawling, satirical family drama, drew widespread critical acclaim, earned Franzen a National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The Corrections, his third novel, was getting good reviews and selling well when Oprah Winfrey announced she had selected it as her "book of the month." Franzen's response was less than enthusiastic and he became known as the guy who snubbed Oprah Winfrey's television book club.

Franzen currently resides in New York City and Santa Cruz, California.

Published Works

The Twenty-Seventh City, Picador, 2001

Strong Motion: A Novel, Picador, 2001

The Corrections, Picador, 2002

How To Be Alone, Picador, 2003

The Discomfort Zone, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006

Freedom: A Novel, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The Twenty-Seventh City: A Novel (Bestselling Backlist)

ISBN: 0312420145
Release Date: 2001-09-08

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Strong Motion: A Novel

ISBN: 031242051X
Release Date: 2001-09-08

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How to Be Alone: Essays

ISBN: 0312422164
Release Date: 2003-10-01

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The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History

ISBN: 0374299196
Release Date: 2006-09-05

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ISBN: 0312600844
Release Date: 2010-08-31

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Literary Awards

  • 1988 Whiting Writers' Award
  • 1996 Granta's Best Of Young American Novelists
  • 2001 National Book Award for The Corrections
  • 2001 New York Times Best Books of the Year
  • 2001 Salon Book Award (Fiction)
  • 2001 New York Times Best Books of the Year for The Corrections
  • 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist (Fiction)
  • 2002 James Tait Black Memorial Prize winner (Fiction) for The Corrections
  • 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award finalist
  • 2011 Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize for Fiction for Freedom

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (No)

External Links

Jonathan Franzen on WorldCat

Jonathan Franzen on Amazon


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