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Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan FranzenBorn: 17-Aug-1959
Birthplace: Western Springs, IL

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Corrections

Grew up in Webster Groves, MO.

Franzen's The Corrections was one of Oprah Winfrey's picks for her book club in 2001. In an interview with, Franzen was asked to ponder his artistic validity now that his book had been christened by Oprah. Franzen replied: "The problem in this case is some of Oprah's picks. She's picked some good books, but she's picked enough schmaltzy, one dimensional ones that I cringe, myself, even though I think she's really smart and she's really fighting the good fight." To his discredit, the first half of this statement was enough for Oprah to cancel her pending interview with him, withdraw his novel from her book club, and choose only books written by dead authors for the next four years.

Wife: Valerie Cornell (m. 1992, div.)

    University: Swarthmore College (1981)

    The New Yorker
    America Coming Together
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    John Kerry for President
    Obama for America
    Guggenheim Fellowship 1996

    Revenge of the Mekons (15-Nov-2013) · Himself

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Author of books:
The Twenty-Seventh City (1988, novel)
Strong Motion (1992, novel)
The Corrections (2001, novel)
How to Be Alone (2002, essays)
The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History (2006, memoir)
Freedom (2010, novel)
Farther Away (2012, essays)

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