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Francine Prose became a stalwart in the literary world shortly after she graduated from college. Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1947, her first novel, Judah The Pious, was published in 1973 and was followed by a constant stream of fiction, non-fiction, young adult literature, picture books, short stories, journalism, and criticism. Outside of the tendency for her fiction to stay (mainly) realistic and the undying empathy she shows for her frequently confused lead characters, it would be futile to categorize her work. Her novel Household Saints (1981) was adapted for a 1993 movie by director Nancy Savoca. In 1991, she received a Guggenheim fellowship. Blue Angel (2000), a novel set in the world of academia, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her tale of the relationship between a neo-Nazi and a Holocaust survivor, A Changed Man (2005), won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and her nonfiction book Reading Like a Writer (2006) was a New York Times bestseller. Later critically and commercially successful books included the novel Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 (2014) and the non-fiction Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife (2009). She was president of the PEN American...

Francine Prose became a stalwart in the literary world shortly after she graduated from college. Born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1947, her first novel, Judah The Pious, was published in 1973 and was followed by a constant stream of fiction, non-fiction, young adult literature, picture books, short stories, journalism, and criticism. Outside of the tendency for her fiction to stay (mainly) realistic and the undying empathy she shows for her frequently confused lead characters, it would be futile to categorize her work. Her novel Household Saints (1981) was adapted for a 1993 movie by director Nancy Savoca. In 1991, she received a Guggenheim fellowship. Blue Angel (2000), a novel set in the world of academia, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her tale of the relationship between a neo-Nazi and a Holocaust survivor, A Changed Man (2005), won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and her nonfiction book Reading Like a Writer (2006) was a New York Times bestseller. Later critically and commercially successful books included the novel Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 (2014) and the non-fiction Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife (2009). She was president of the PEN American Center from 2007-2009 and taught literature and creative writing at multiple institutions of higher learning.

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1973:
first novel <i>Judah the Pious</i> published
1993:
Film made of her 1981 novel <i>Household Saints</i>
2006:
<i>Reading Like a Writer</i> on New York Times bestseller list

Education

Radcliffe College: - 1968

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