Review Of Jonathan Franzen's 'The Corrections'

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Author’s Life: Jonathan Franzen was born August 17, 1959 in Western Springs, Illinois. He grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, raised by his two parents, Irene and Earl T. Franzen. Growing up, his passion for writing was never praised in his household, especially by his parents. In a recent interview held in an office at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Franzen was asked by interviewer Stephen J. Burn, if his work was ever encouraged at home. Franzen responded, “Mostly not, no. I hate the word creative, but it’s not a bad description of my personality type, and there was no place for that in my parents’ house… it was actively discouraged as a serious pursuit. My parents were dismayed and perplexed and angry when my older brother Tom …show more content…

With little luck in Boston, the two moved to New York a few years later where Franzen sold his first novel. The Twenty-seventh City was his debut novel and was published in 1988 marking the beginning of his career as a writer. In 1992, Franzen published his second novel, Strong Motion, followed by eight years of hard work on his third novel, The Corrections, which was published in 2001. The Corrections was a huge success and became an international bestseller, got nominated for several major book prizes, and was awarded the National Book Award. As well as being a phenomenal novelist, Franzen also spends his time writing essays for the New Yorker magazine. The multiple essays he had contributed to the New Yorker he later configured into his fourth novel, How to Be Alone, which consists of fourteen of Franzen’s essays. He published a memoir, The Discomfort Zone, in 2006, followed by a 2010 novel by the name of Freedom. Freedom was a huge success, winning the 2011 John Gardner Prize for fiction and the Heartland Prize as well as leading Franzen to make an appearance on the cover of Time magazine under the headline “Great American Novelist.” This appearance is a huge honor as it was only the second time in the last decade that a living writer has been on the cover of this national

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