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Jonathan Safran Foer

Probably the most successful vegetarian author ever.

Jonathan Safran Foer biography and information

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.., 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 “20 under 40” list (2010).

Similar authors to Jonathan Safran Foer

Dave EggersGeorge SaundersJonathan Lethem and Nathan Englander.