Jonathan Franzen is the author of the novel Freedom, parts of which first appeared in The New Yorker. His previous books include The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History; the essay collection How to Be Alone; and the novels Strong Motion, The Twenty-Seventh City, and The Corrections. He has contributed to The New Yorker since 1994.
David Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker.
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 Universitat in Berlin as a Fulbright scholar and later worked in a seismology lab at Harvard University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
Mr. Franzen is the author of three novels - The Twenty-Seventh City (1988), Strong Motion (1992), The Corrections (2001) - a collection of essays, How to Be Alone (2002), and a memoir, The Discomfort Zone (2006). His honors include a Whiting Writers Award in 1988, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, the American Academy's Berlin Prize in 2000, and the National Book Award (for The Corrections) in 2001. He writes frequently for The New Yorker, and he lives in New York City.
David Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker. He is the author of several books, including "Lenin's Tomb," which won the Pulitzer Prize and the George Polk Award, and "The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama."
U.S. weekly magazine, famous for its varied literary fare and humour. It was founded in 1925 by Harold Ross, who was its editor until 1951. Initially focused on New York City's amusements and social and cultural life, it gradually acquired a broader scope, encompassing literature, current affairs, and other topics. Aimed at a sophisticated, liberal audience, it became renowned for its short fiction, cartoons, major (occasionally book-length) nonfiction pieces, and detailed reviews in the arts. It was sold in 1985 to Samuel I. Newhouse, Jr. (seeNewhouse family). Since Ross, its editors have been William Shawn (195287), Robert Gottlieb (198792), Tina Brown (199298), and David Remnick (from 1998).
Facts about author Jonathan Franzen
- In 2010, he was the first living American novelist to be featured on the cover of Time magazine in a decade.
- Franzen has said “It’s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.” He has also talked about taking extreme measures to disable the internet connection on his laptop.
- Jonathan was very close friends with fellow author David Foster Wallace.
- He has said that one of the central themes of his newest book Freedom , is “how people change as they straddle the world between their childhood and grownup lives.”
- It took him seven years to write The Corrections , and nine to write Freedom .
- Franzen took up bird watching after finishing The Corrections .
- At a London event for the release of Freedom , a party crasher stole Franzen’s glasses off his face, and left behind a ransom note for $100,000. Following a police chase, the thief was caught, and his glasses were returned.