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Prose at the 2010 Brooklyn Book Festival
1 April 1947 |
Brooklyn, New York
Francine Prose (born April 1, 1947) is an American writer who has written several novels, non-fiction books, and short story collections. She is a Visiting Professor of Literature at Bard College, and was formerly president of PEN American Center.
Life and career
Prose graduated from Radcliffe College in 1968. She received the PEN Translation Prize in 1988 and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1991. Prose's novel The Glorious Ones has been adapted into a musical with the same title by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. It ran at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City in the fall of 2007.
In March 2007, Prose was chosen to succeed American writer Ron Chernow beginning in April to serve a one-year term as president of PEN American Center, a New York City-based literary society of writers, editors and translators that works to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship. In March 2008, Prose ran unopposed for a second one-year term as PEN American Center president. That same month, London artist Sebastian Horsley had been denied entry into the United States and PEN president Prose subsequently invited Horsley to speak at PENs annual festival of international literature in New York at the end of April 2008. Prose was succeeded by philosopher and novelist Kwame Anthony Appiah as president of PEN in April 2009.
Prose sat on the board of judges for the PEN/Newman's Own Award. Her novel, Blue Angel, a satire about sexual harassment on college campuses, was a finalist for the National Book Award. One of her novels, Household Saints, was adapted for a movie by Nancy Savoca.
American PEN criticism
During the 2015 controversy regarding American PEN's decision to honor Charlie Hebdo with its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award, she, alongside Michael Ondaatje, Teju Cole, Peter Carey, Rachel Kushner and Taiye Selasi, withdrew from the group’s annual awards gala, and signed a letter dissociating herself from the award  which was soon co-signed by more than 140 other PEN members.
She wrote in the The Guardian that although she admired Charlie Hebdo's courage, and was horrified by the tragic murders, she did not believe that their work deserved an award. She favored honoring instead, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and journalists who risked or lost their lives reporting on wars in the Middle East. Additionally, she opined that the "narrative of the Charlie Hebdo murders – white Europeans killed in their offices by Muslim extremists – is one that feeds neatly into the cultural prejudices that have allowed our government to make so many disastrous mistakes in the Middle East [...] fan[ning] the flames of prejudice against Islam". According to The Nation's Katha Pollitt, in a phone interview Prose stated that Charlie Hebdo's work was neither important nor interesting, and that she was offended by Charlie Hebdo’s crude cartoons and mockery of the religion of France’s marginalized Muslim community. Prose was criticized for her views, most notably by Salman Rushdie, who in a letter to PEN described Prose and the five other authors who withdrew, as fellow travellers of "fanatical Islam, which is highly organised, well funded, and which seeks to terrify us all, Muslims as well as non-Muslims, into a cowed silence".
- 1973 Judah the Pious Atheneum (Macmillan reissue 1986 ISBN 0-8398-2913-2)
- 1974 The Glorious Ones Atheneum (Harper Perennial reissue 2007 ISBN 0-06-149384-8)
- 1977 Marie Laveau Berkley Publishing Corp. (ISBN 039911873X)
- 1978 Animal Magnetism G.P. Putnam's Sons. (ISBN 0399121609)
- 1981 Household Saints St. Martin's Press (ISBN 0-312-39341-5)
- 1983 Hungry Hearts Pantheon (ISBN 0-394-52767-4)
- 1986 Bigfoot Dreams Pantheon (ISBN 0-8050-4860-X)
- 1992 Primitive People Farrar, Straus & Giroux (ISBN 0-374-23722-0)
- 1995 Hunters and Gatherers Farrar, Straus & Giroux (ISBN 978-0-37-417371-5)
- 2000 Blue Angel Harper Perennial (ISBN 978-0060953713)
- 2003 After HarperCollins (ISBN 0-06-008082-5)
- 2005 A Changed Man HarperCollins (ISBN 0-06-019674-2) (winner of the 2006 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction)
- 2008 Goldengrove HarperCollins (ISBN 0-06-621411-4)
- 2009 Touch HarperTeen (ISBN 978-0-06-137517-0)
- 2011 My New American Life Harper (ISBN 978-0-06-171376-7)
- 2012 The Turning HarperTeen (ISBN 978-0-06-199966-6)
- 2014 Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 Harper (ISBN 978-0061713781)
Short story collections
- 1988 Women and Children First Pantheon (ISBN 0-394-56573-8)
- 1997 Guided Tours of Hell Metropolitan (ISBN 0-8050-4861-8)
- 1998 The Peaceable Kingdom Farrar Straus & Giroux (ISBN 0-06-075404-4)
- 2005 Leopold, the Liar of Leipzig HarperCollins (ISBN 0-06-008075-2)
- 2002 The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women & the Artists They Inspired HarperCollins (ISBN 0-06-019672-6)
- 2003 Gluttony Oxford University Press (ISBN 0-19-515699-4) (second in the Seven Deadly Sins series)
- 2003 Sicilian Odyssey National Geographic (ISBN 0-7922-6535-1)
- 2005 Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles Eminent Lives (ISBN 0-06-057560-3)
- 2006 Reading Like a Writer HarperCollins (ISBN 0-06-077704-4)
- 2008 The Photographs of Marion Post Wolcott. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2008, ISBN 978-1904832416
- 2009 Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife HarperCollins (ISBN 0-06-143079-X)
- April 17, 2005 "'The Peabody Sisters': Reflected Glory": The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, by Megan Marshall, Houghton Mifflin (ISBN 0-395-38992-5)
- May 22, 2005 "'Oh the Glory of It All': Poor Little Rich Boy": Oh the Glory of It All, by Sean Wilsey, Penguin (ISBN 1-59420-051-3)
- June 12, 2005 "'Marriage, a History': Lithuanians and Letts Do It," Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy, Or How Love Conquered Marriage, by Stephanie Coontz, Viking (ISBN 0-670-03407-X)
- August 14, 2005 "'Eudora Welty': Not Just at the P.O.," New York Times: Eudora Welty: A Biography, by Suzanne Marrs, Harcourt Trade (ISBN 0-15-100914-7)
- December 4, 2005 "Slayer of Taboos," New York Times: D. H. Lawrence: The Life of an Outsider, by John Worthen, Basic Books (ISBN 1-58243-341-0)
- April 2, 2006 "Science Fiction," New York Times: The Book About Blanche and Marie, by Per Olov Enquist, Translated by Tiina Nunnally, Overlook (ISBN 1-58567-668-3)
- July 9, 2006 "The Folklore of Exile," New York Times: Last Evenings on Earth, by Roberto Bolaño, Translated by Chris Andrews, New Directions (ISBN 0-8112-1634-9)
- December 2008 "More is More: Roberto Bolaño's Magnum Opus", Harper's Magazine: 2666, by Roberto Bolaño, translated by Natasha Wimmer, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (ISBN 0-374-10014-4)
- Dec/ Jan 2010 "Altar Ego," Bookforum: Ayn Rand and the World She Made, by Anne C. Heller, Nan A. Talese (ISBN 978-0-385-51399-9)
- "People", Publishers Weekly 254 (13), March 26, 2007: 16, retrieved January 15, 2014
- "Author Philip Roth wins Saul Bellow Award", USA Today, April 1, 2007, retrieved January 15, 2014
- Hillel Italie (March 9, 2008), "Prose to Serve 2nd Term As PEN Leader", Associated Press, retrieved January 15, 2014
- Motoko Rich (April 2, 2008), "Pen Rallies Behind Ousted Author", New York Times: E2, retrieved January 15, 2014
- Hillel Italie (March 13, 2009), "Appiah to be next president of writers group", Associated Press, retrieved January 15, 2014
- Francine Prose (14 January 2014). "How Have Tools Like Google and YouTube Changed the Way You Work?". New York Times.
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- Myers, D. G. (2010). "In Praise of Prose". Commentary.
- Author page at Harpercollins
- A conversation with Francine Prose on The Atlantic Online
- Prose archive from The New York Review of Books
- "Francine Prose: By the Book". New York Times Book Review. January 3, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
- Birnbaum, Robert (June 13, 2014). "An Interview with Francine Prose". VQR.