Jonathan Franzen

Dubbed "Great American Novelist" by iTime/i, Jonathan Franzen is undoubtedly a key literary figure in the United States, having firmly established his status with the expansive novels iThe Corrections/i (2001) and ... Read more »
Born: 08/17/1959 in Western Springs, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (6)

Emptying the Skies 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Revenge of the Mekons 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Birders: The Central Park Effect 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Purity 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Emptying the Skies 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (1)

Emptying the Skies 2015 (Movie)

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Biography

Dubbed "Great American Novelist" by <i>Time</i>, Jonathan Franzen is undoubtedly a key literary figure in the United States, having firmly established his status with the expansive novels <i>The Corrections</i> (2001) and <i>Freedom</i> (2010). A Midwestern native, Franzen has drawn extensively on his upbringing in Middle America, with his first novel, <i>The Twenty-Seventh City</i> (1988), set in St. Louis, where he spent much of his childhood. His second book, <i>Strong Motion</i> (1992), met with muted response, and he didn't prominently resurface until the publication of his third novel, <i>The Corrections</i> (2001), a family saga that became a major literary success. Taking his time with the follow-up, Franzen unveiled the eagerly anticipated <i>Freedom</i> in 2010, with its generally warm reception proving that <i>The Corrections</i> was far from a fluke. Unabashedly outspoken and committed to intriguing portrayals of American families, Franzen seemed intent on maintaining this revered rank by staying true to his singular vision.

EDUCATION

Freie Universität Berlin

1981 - 1982
Attended on a Fulbright Scholarship

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 1981
Majored in German

Milestones

2012

Released collection of essays titled <i>Farther Away</i>

2012

Collaborated with Noah Baumbach on HBO series adaptation "The Corrections"; pilot not picked up

2010

Published fourth novel <i>Freedom</i>; also selected as part of Oprah's Book Club

2007

Published English-language version of Frank Wedekind's play <i>Spring Awakening</i>; Franzen originally translated play for Swarthmore College's theater department in 1986

2002

Named Pulitzer Prize finalist in Fiction

2001

Received National Book Award for <i>The Corrections</i>; novel also selected in Oprah's Book Club, but later withdrawn

1996

Wrote literary manifesto "Perchance to Dream: In the Age of Images, a Reason to Write Novels" ("Why Bother?") published in <i>Harper's Magazine</i>

1992

Tackled controversial themes such as abortion and capitalism in second novel <i>Strong Motion</i>

1988

Published debut novel <i>The Twenty-Seventh City</i>, a partly satirical thriller

1987

Moved to New York

1981

Studied on a Fulbright Scholarship at Freie Universität Berlin

Grew up in Webster Groves, a suburb of St. Louis, MO

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