Jonathan Franzen reading at the Rabenhof Theater, Vienna, Austria, October 2005.
Jonathan Franzen was born near Chicago in August, 1959, and grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 1981, he studied at the Freie Universität in Berlin as a Fulbright scholar and later worked in a seismology lab at Harvard University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
Franzen is the author of three novels -- THE TWENTY-SEVENTH CITY (1988), STRONG MOTION (1992), and THE CORRECTIONS
(2001) -- as well as a collection of essays, HOW TO BE ALONE (2002), and a memoir, THE DISCOMFORT ZONE (2006). THE CORRECTIONS won the National Book Award in 2001 and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2002 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the IMPAC/Dublin Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the LOS ANGELES TIMES Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Franzen's other honors include a Whiting Writer's Award in 1988, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, and the American Academy's Berlin Prize in 2000. He is a frequent contributor of essays and journalism to THE NEW YORKER; and his nonfiction has appeared in BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2002, 2004, and 2005.
He lives in New York City and Boulder Creek, California.
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