Creator: Jonathan Franzen
Jonathan Franzen is a widely lauded author of American literary fiction who has written four novels. His third book, The Corrections
, launched him into the stratosphere in terms of popularity, although more people may be familiar with Franzen's "feud" with Oprah
than the actual novel. Regardless, The Corrections
became a best seller, won the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, and is considered to be the best book of the 2000s
. His fourth novel, Freedom
, was met with similar praise.
In addition to his novels, Franzen has published a collection of essays, How To Be Alone
, a memoir, The Discomfort Zone
, and, most recently, Farther Away
, another essay collection. He has also published various short pieces, fiction and non-fiction, throughout his career, along with a translation of the German play Frühlings Erwachen
, perhaps better known as Spring Awakening
Franzen was a close friend of David Foster Wallace
; he at times interprets/fills in the blanks on Wallace's work
, which is at times divisive but is also at times impossible to ignore (being a confidant of Wallace, he is well-positioned to talk about Wallace's quasi-autobiographical short fiction).
His books include: