Jonathan Safran Foer

Publishing his ambitious first novel about the Holocaust, Everything Is Illuminated (2002), at the precocious age of 25 and to the tune of a $500,000 advance was bound to bring out Jonathan Safran Foer skeptics ... Read more »
Born: 02/21/1977 in Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Actor (1)

Everything Is Illuminated 2005 (Movie)

Leaf blower (Actor)
Writer (1)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)

(from novel: "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close") (Source Material)

Biography

Publishing his ambitious first novel about the Holocaust, Everything Is Illuminated (2002), at the precocious age of 25 and to the tune of a $500,000 advance was bound to bring out Jonathan Safran Foer skeptics who felt the emperor-or, given his age at the time, perhaps the emperor-to-be-wore no clothes, but Foer demonstrated he was no one-trick pony when he followed up with a book about the equally difficult topic of 9/11, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005). Film adaptations of both novels followed, in 2005 and 2011, and meanwhile Foer penned a best-seller that argued the case for vegetarianism, Eating Animals (2009) followed by an experimental book, Tree of Codes (2010), which Foer created by cutting most of the words out of his favorite novel, Bruno Schulz's Street of Crocodiles (1934).

Relationships

Franklin Foer

Brother

Joshua Foer

Brother

Nicole Krauss

Wife

EDUCATION

Princeton University

1995 - 1999

Georgetown Day School

Milestones

2012

Edited The New American Haggadah, a Jewish text for Passover

2011

Film adaptation of second novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

2009

First nonfiction book published, Eating Animals

2005

Film adaptation of Everything Is Illuminated

2005

Wrote libretto for opera Seven Attempted Escapes from Silence, which premieres in Berlin

2002

First novel published, Everything Is Illuminated

2001

First book published as editor, anthology A Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by the Work of Joseph Cornell

Bonus Trivia

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His grandmother on his mother's side was a Holocaust survivor.

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Creative writing teacher at Princeton Joyce Carol Oates encouraged him to write.

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Attended the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine but dropped out to focus on writing.

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On winning a $70,000 PEN Fellowship in 2004, Foer opted to return the money to PEN.

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