Jonathan Franzen

in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
August 17, 1959




Jonathan Franzen is the author of The Corrections, winner of the 2001 National Book Award for fiction; the novels The Twenty-Seventh City and Strong Motion; and two works of nonfiction, How to Be Alone and The Discomfort Zone, all published by FSG. His fourth novel, Freedom, was published in the fall of 2010.

Franzen's other honors include a 1988 Whiting Writers' Award, Granta's Best Of Young American Novelists (1996), the Salon Book Award (2001), the New York Times Best Books of the Year (2001), and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (2002).

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The Corrections

3.79 avg rating — 141,596 ratings — published 2001 — 145 editions
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3.74 avg rating — 139,356 ratings — published 2010 — 102 editions
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3.60 avg rating — 36,073 ratings — published 2015 — 75 editions
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How to Be Alone

3.60 avg rating — 9,635 ratings — published 2002 — 42 editions
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The Discomfort Zone: A Pers...

3.40 avg rating — 5,291 ratings — published 2006 — 48 editions
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Strong Motion

3.51 avg rating — 4,663 ratings — published 1992 — 37 editions
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The Twenty-Seventh City

3.12 avg rating — 3,913 ratings — published 1988 — 44 editions
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Farther Away

3.60 avg rating — 3,163 ratings — published 2012 — 37 editions
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Selected Essays from: How t...

3.63 avg rating — 428 ratings — published 2002
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The Best American Essays 2016

3.78 avg rating — 431 ratings — published 2016 — 3 editions
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September 2010, Jonathan Franzen
"The celebrated scribe of The Corrections talks about his latest portrait of an American family in Freedom and argues that a book doesn't have to be difficult to be great." ...More

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“How wrong to have been so negative, how wrong to have been so gloomy, how wrong to have run away from life, how wrong to have said no, again and again, instead of yes.”
Jonathan Franzen

“Nice people don't necessarily fall in love with nice people.”
Jonathan Franzen, Freedom

“Depression presents itself as a realism regarding the rottenness of the world in general and the rottenness of your life in particular. But the realism is merely a mask for depression's actual essence, which is an overwhelming estrangement from humanity. The more persuaded you are of your unique access to the rottenness, the more afraid you become of engaging with the world; and the less you engage with the world, the more perfidiously happy-faced the rest of humanity seems for continuing to engage with it.”
Jonathan Franzen, How to Be Alone


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