Ben Marcus

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Ben Marcus
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Nationality American
Alma mater New York University;
Brown University
Genre Short Story, Novel
Literary movement Experimental literature;
Postmodernist
Spouse Heidi Julavits

Ben Marcus (born 1967) is the author of four books of fiction. His latest book, Leaving the Sea: Stories, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in January 2014.

His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications including Harper's, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, The New York Times, GQ, Salon, McSweeney's, Time, and Conjunctions. He is also the fiction editor of The American Reader.

Life[edit]

Marcus grew up in Austin, the son of a retired mathematician and the literary critic and Virginia Woolf scholar Jane Marcus.[1] He received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from New York University and an MFA from Brown University.[2] His father is Jewish and his mother is of Irish Catholic background; Marcus had a Bar Mitzvah.[3]

Marcus is a Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, and he lives in New York City. He is married to the writer Heidi Julavits.[4] He is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and the fiction editor at The American Reader. For several years he was the fiction editor of Fence.

Influences[edit]

Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, Donald Barthelme, Richard Yates, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Bernhard, Padgett Powell, J. M. Coetzee, Kenzabaro Oe, Kobo Abe, Gary Lutz, George Saunders

Awards and honours[edit]

Books[edit]

Novels[edit]

Other works[edit]

  • Text for the photography book by Kahn & Selesnick Scotlandfuturebog (2002). Aperture Foundation, New York City, ISBN 0-89381-935-2.
  • The Father Costume (2002), novella with art by Matthew Ritchie
  • The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories (2004), editor
  • The Moors (2010)
  • Leaving the Sea (2014), short stories

Essays[edit]

  • Chemical Seuss, from benmarcus.com
  • Thomas Bernhard, from benmarcus.com
  • On the Lyric Essay, from benmarcus.com
  • Why experimental fiction threatens to destroy publishing, Jonathan Franzen, and life as we know it: A correction, a response to an essay by Mr. Franzen, from Harpers.org

Short fiction[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/94010/keeper-of-the-flame-2/?all=1
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ Alison Flood (13 June 2014). "Frank O'Connor prize shortlist pits 'masters' against first-timers". The Guardian. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "The 2014 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize Shortlist" (Press release). Book Trade. November 27, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 

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