Biography of Jonathan Safran Foer (1977-)
Jonathan Safran Foer
Jewish-American author Jonathan Safran Foer has been called one of the most controversial and influential writers of the last decade. He was born in 1977 in Washington, D.C., and earned his bachelor's degree at Princeton University. While an undergraduate, Foer earned creative writing prizes from Princeton all four years. Under the guidance of Joyce Carol Oates, he finished a manuscript of Everything is Illuminated before graduating in philosophy.
Foer edited A Convergence of Birds, and his stories have been published in The Paris Review and The New Yorker. He is also a coeditor of The Future Dictionary of America, which includes fake vocabulary entries by writers including Stephen King, Edward Hirsch, Joyce Carol Oates and others.
In 2000, Foer was awarded the Zoetrope: All-Story Fiction Prize. Everything is Illuminated, his first novel, appeared on "best books of 2002" lists internationally, won several literary prizes including the National Jewish Book Award and The Guardian First Book Award, and now has been published in at least twenty-four countries. Foer's second novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close , was published in 2005. Set in New York City, it revolves around events since September 11, 2001. Like Everything is Illuminated, it has met with both acclaim and controversy since its release.
Before becoming a bestselling author, Foer worked as a receptionist, an assistant in a mortuary, a mathematics tutor, a ghost writer, an archivist, and a jewelry salesman. Ironically, he was turned down every summer for a job in his local bookstore. Foer lives with his wife, writer Nicole Krauss, in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.