Jonathan Safran Foer

Probably the most successful vegetarian author ever.

Jonathan Safran Foer

Biography

Date of birth: 1977

Born in Washington, D.C., Foer attended Georgetown Day School and Princeton University, where he studied philosophy and literature and was awarded the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Creative Writing Thesis Prizes.

In 2000, he was awarded the Zoetrope: All-Story Fiction Prize and in 2007 he was included in Granta Magazine's "Best of Young American Novelists." He is the editor of the anthology A Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by the Work of Joseph Cornell, for which he also wrote the short story If the Aging Magician Should Begin to Believe. At Princeton, he took a class with Joyce Carol Oates, who took an interest in him and helped launch him to broad fame.

A vegetarian since the age of 10, Foer recorded the narration for If This Is Kosher... (2006), a harsh exposé of the kosher certification process that advocates vegetarianism and also includes Rabbi David Wolpe and Rabbi Irving Greenberg.

Foer is the middle child of three sons. His older brother, Franklin, is the editor of The New Republic. His younger brother, Joshua, is a freelance journalist specializing in science writing. Foer married Nicole Krauss, the acclaimed author of The History of Love and The Great House.

Book and writing awards

Granta's Best of Young American Novelists 2 (2007); The New Yorker magazine's “20 under 40” list (2010).

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Dave Eggers, George Saunders, Jonathan Lethem, Nathan Englander

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is Jonathan Safran Foer's heartrending New York novel. In a vase in a closet, a couple of years after his father died in 9/11, nine-year-old Oskar discovers a key...The key belonged to his...
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Everything is Illuminated

Everything is Illuminated (Paperback)

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Published: 05/06/2003
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"Everything Is Illuminated" is Jonathan Safran Foer's bestselling novel of a search for truth. It is the inspiration for the Liev... Read more

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Paperback)

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Format: Paperback 368 pages
Published: 25/05/2006
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Eating Animals

Eating Animals (Paperback)

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 27/01/2011
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"Eating Animals" is Jonathan Safran Foer's eye-opening account of where meat comes from 'I simply wanted to know - for myself and... Read more

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