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									Jonathan FranzenJonathan Franzen
Best known for his National Book Award-winning novel The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen is equally adept at turning out elegant essays, social commentary, and cultural criticism.

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Fact File

Name:
Jonathan Franzen
Current Home:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
1959
Place of Birth:
Western Springs, Illinois
Education:
B.A., Swarthmore College, 1981; studied as a Fulbright scholar at Freie Universität in Berlin
Awards:
National Book Award, 2001; Whiting Writer’s Award, 1988; American Academy’s Berlin Prize, 2000; Named one of “Twenty Writers for the 21st Century” by The New Yorker, and one of the “Best American Novelists Under 40" by Granta

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The National Book Award Winner

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								The Corrections, Author: 
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The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen
The novel that catapulted Franzen into the public eye; controversy over the author's discomfort with its selection as an Oprah book made it even more interesting; The New York Times said about it, "If you don't end up liking each one of Franzen's people, you probably just don't like people."

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								The Twenty-Seventh City, Author: 
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*  The Twenty-Seventh City (1988)
*  Strong Motion (1992)
*  The Corrections (2001)
*  How to Be Alone (2002)
*  The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History (2006)

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Getting Personal

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The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History
by Jonathan Franzen
Jonathan Franzen arrived late, and last, in a family of boys in Webster Groves, Missouri. The Discomfort Zone is his intimate memoir of his growth from a "small and fundamentally ridiculous person," through an adolescence both excruciating and strangely happy, into an adult with embarrassing and unexpected passions.



Franzen's Contemporaries

In 1996, the British literary magazine Granta announced its "Best American Novelists Under 40," a heavily debated list of what purported to be the States' top 20 writers. The list generated as much criticism as it did attention, but it was also prescient: Franzen, after all, was on that list (well before The Corrections), and so were other now-well-known literary big names.

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*  Jeffrey Eugenides
*  David Guterson


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*  Lorrie Moore
*  Mona Simpson


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'More Than Just a Story'

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								You Are Not a Stranger Here, Author: 
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You Are Not a Stranger Here
by Adam Haslett
Franzen picked Haslett's debut story collection as the second book club selection for the Today show. "Adam Haslett is a wonderful rarity: an old-fashioned young storyteller with something urgent and fresh and fiercely intelligent to say," Franzen says.

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								Catch-22, Author: 
								Joseph Heller.

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Catch-22
by Joseph Heller
Looking back on his "death of the social novel" flap, Franzen told the The Atlantic in 2001 that what he had in mind was a book like Catch-22, "which cut deeply enough into the country's consciousness to create its own dictionary entry."

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