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Jonathan Safran Foer Biography

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Academic papers on Jonathan Safran Foer

 

 

 

 

 

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Jonathan Safran Foer was born in the splendid year of 1977, in Washington D.C. He was educated at Georgetown Day School, a private high school. Around this time, he wanted to be a brain surgeon, and one could argue that his fiction does indeed mess up your mind. He claims to have been the tallest person in his neighbourhood, yet he is apparently now of average height. Although brought up in all the trappings, he was never much moved by Jewish tradition, despite being drawn to the works of Jewish authors such as David Grossman, Phillip Roth and Bellow. When Jonathan was a child, he would visit his grandmother’s house, where he was would be hauled into the air for a hug upon arriving and leaving. Only later did he realise that his grandmother had been weighing rather than hugging him, an unconscious reflex action left over from the Holocaust. While at a summer camp aged 8, he was one of several victims of an explosion from a botched attempt to make sparklers. This caused some trauma for him that has affected his later writing. He went to Princeton as a philosophy major, where he looks to have won all the Writing Thesis Prizes. One of his teachers, and his mentor, was the novelist Joyce Carol Oates. He won the Zoetrope All Fiction Story Prize in 2000. Jonathan called on his professors for assistance as he sought entries from established writers for “Convergence of Birds” (2001), his homage to the dioramas of Joseph Cornell. It was in 1999 that he made his legendary trip to the Ukraine, on a mission to find the woman who saved his grandfather’s life during the Second World War. He did not find her, but he did discover a plague relating the destruction of the shetl of Trachimbrod, and the tale of a drowning in the Brod River. And so his first novel, “Everything is Illuminated” (2002), was born. It was a difficult birth, as 6 agents rejected it, and none of the publishers in New York were interested when it was first submitted. Although the novel’s main character was called “Jonathan Safran Foer”, his journey to the Ukraine only formed the foundations of the novel. It tells of Brod and Trachimbrod, the mad squire Sofiowka, the Kolker, the Wisps of Ardisht, Greenwich Shtetl, and many famous nightclubs. “The Very Rigid Search”, an extract from the novel, was published in “The New Yorker” in 2001. “Everything is Illuminated” garnered a lot of praise, and Jonathan won The Guardian First Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and it was named Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. The movie of the novel is due to be released in September 2005, and stars Elijah Wood. Jonathan’s second novel, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”, was released in 2005. It relates 9-year-old Oskar Schell’s reaction to the events of 9/11. 2005 also saw Jonathan writing a libretto for an opera called “Seven Attempted Escapes from Silence”, which premiered in Berlin in September. Jonathan’s brother, Franklin Foer, is a senior editor at The New Republic. Jonathan Safran Foer has made a short film called “If this is Kosher” against the slaughter practices of modern factory, which he considers to be outside of the spirit of the kosher laws. Jonathan Safran Foer lives in Brooklyn with a Great Dane called George, and his wife, the novelist Nicole Krauss.

 

Jonathan Safran Foer Biography

Jonathan Safran Foer short stories/articles

Jonathan Safran Foer interviews

The Authortrek review of Everything is Illuminated

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Academic papers on Jonathan Safran Foer

 

 

 

 

Cravings - a satirical short story by Foer

 

About the typefaces not used in this edition - is another short story by Jonathan Safran Foer - I was disappointed to see that Jonathan had missed out the Ovine, Variable Point

 

The Sixth Borough – a story Jonathan wrote for The New York Times. You have to subscribe to gain access to the page, but the subscription is free

 

"A Primer for the Punctuation of Heart Disease" – is the title of a story that Jonathan wrote for The New Yorker, but it is not online

My Manifesto - gives some details about Foer's short stories, and relates that Foer is the brother of the New Republic's associate editor Franklin Foer

 

Emptiness – read this article by Jonathan, which relates how he first started collected the blank writing paper of other authors

 

Foer Play – this interview for The Guardian also touches on the writing paper collection

 

Opera with libretto by novelist Jonathan Safran Foer – read this article about Jonathan’s libretto

 

Jonathan Safran Foer Biography

Jonathan Safran Foer short stories/articles

Jonathan Safran Foer interviews

The Authortrek review of Everything is Illuminated

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Academic papers on Jonathan Safran Foer

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Grad's first novel attracts attention - Regina Tan interviews Foer

 

The New New Thing: Jonathan Safran Foer and the literature of youth - Susan Josephs profiles Foer and Everything is Illuminated.  Well, things become a bit clearer, anyhow

 

A Convergence of Birds - Foer edited this homage to Joseph Cornell

 

Debutante Fiction - John Wilson seems less than impressed with new writers like Foer.  The short story of Foer's in this collection sounds uncannily like Everything is Illuminated

 

Jonathan Safran Foer - this website mentions that Foer's second novel was to be called Pictures at an Exhibition

 

The Eighteen Days - an introductory note about the jottings of Isaac Bashevis Singer by Foer

 

The Project Museum - visit Jonathan Safran Foer's homepage, which is stylish if ultimately devoid of any useful content

 

The Searcher – Jonathan Safran Foer talks to Deborah Treisman of “The New Yorker” in the edition that featured “The Very Rigid Search”, an extract from his debut novel

 

Voyage of Discovery - Oliver Burkeman talks to Jonathan Safran Foer just after the young author has won The Guardian First Book Award

 

Perhaps my critics are jealous of me - or perhaps Everything is Illuminated takes a little getting used to - Jonathan Safran Foer talks to Julia Llewellyn Smith

 

Author casts light on his life and writing – Heather Schwedel talks to Jonathan Safran Foer

 

First Time Author of the Month - reveals that Jonathan Safran Foer's second novel was to be called The Zelnik Musuem.  There was also a book title on Amazon.co.uk under Jonathan Safran Foer's name called "I'm Okay"

 

Young Author Foer '99 illuminates his place in the literary world - Julie Kestenman gives us an idea of what Foer's time at Princeton was like

 

Rising Literary Celebrity Foer '99 makes return visit to campus - in which Jonathan Safran Foer reveals that he was not able to write much whilst spending so much time publicising Everything is Illuminated

 

The Rescue Artist – in this interview for The New York Times, Jonathan Safran Foer reveals how he was one of the victims of a minor explosion as a child, the shock and memory of which may have affected his later writing. It also features a photo of Jonathan when he was a child. You have to subscribe to read the article, but subscription is free

 

Something Happened – Jonathan talks to Suzie Mackenzie of The Guardian about the same incident

 

Extremely Similar and Incredibly Suspicious – Emma Garman thinks that Jonathan and wife collaborated to a certain degree on their latest novels

 

Correspondence Between Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss that explains how they wrote the same book – Leigh Stein cheekily takes the theme further. This is an indication of how unpopular Jonathan Safran Foer is in some quarters. I only ever find Foer irritating when he writes clever stuff that is divorced from a good plot. Without a story, his cleverness is an empty gimmick

 

Jonathan Safran Foer: The American Way of Death – in which Jonathan says, “I never put something in my novels for somebody to find. I don't have a point or a message.”

 

Some Stuff Illuminated – Jonathan’s view of his critics

 

Jonathan Safran Foer: Extremely Young and Incredibly Talented – The Washington Post’s Marie Arana has a much more positive view of Jonathan

 

In Defense of Jonathan Safran Foer – Pauline Millard criticises the critics

 

The Wellesley Townsman – has an interview with the composer Thomas Oboe Lee, whose fifth symphony was inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Convergence of Birds”

 

The Story I Almost Wrote – “The Daily Telegraph” interviews the director of “Everything is Illuminated”, Liev Schreiber

 

StarTribune.com – their amusing profile of Jonathan Safran Foer

 

Novelist sharpens his knives for those who eat animals – Gabriel Sanders reports on Jonathan Safran Foer’s film against modern factory farm slaughter practices

 

Extremely Long and Incredibly Detailed – Erik Henriksen’s interview with Jonathan Safran Foer

 

Jonathan Safran Foer Biography

Jonathan Safran Foer short stories/articles

Jonathan Safran Foer interviews

The Authortrek review of Everything is Illuminated

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Academic papers on Jonathan Safran Foer

 

 

 

 

 

“The Escapist: fantasy, folklore, and the pleasures of the comic book in recent Jewish American Holocaust fiction” by Lee Behlman in Shofar March 2004.

 

Fruitful to the Original – Week One of John Mullan’s examination of “Everything is Illuminated” looks at malapropisms in the novel

 

The Name Game – in Week Two, John Mullan looks at the author in the novel

 

Light Fantastic – John Mullan looks at “magical realism” in “Everything is Illuminated”

 

He said, She said – John Mullan concludes by looking at direct speech in the novel