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Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen, American writer. Grantee Fulbright fellowship, 1981-1982, Guggenheim fellowship, 1996.


  • Franzen, Jonathan was born on August 17, 1959 in Western Springs, Illinois, United States. Son of Earl T. and Irene Franzen.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, 1981.


    • Research assistant earth and planetary science Harvard University, 1983—1987. Contributing writer New Yorker.


    • The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History
    • A New York Times Notable Book of the Year The Discomfort Zone is Jonathan Franzen's tale of growing up, squirming in his own über-sensitive skin, from a "small and fundamentally ridiculous person," into an adult with strong inconvenient passions.
    • Strong Motion: A Novel
    • Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of ecological upheaval (a rash of earthquakes on the North Shore) and odd luck: the first one kills his grandmother.


    • Married Valerie Cornell, October 2, 1982 (divorced).
    Jonathan Franzen
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    Born August 17, 1959
    (age 58)
    • 1981
      Swarthmore College
    • 1983 - 1987
      Research assistant, earth and planetary science Harvard University