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|Born||1960 (age 52–53)
New York, New York
|Education||B.A. University of Florida
M.P.A. Columbia University
J.D. University of Miami
|Occupation||Novelist, Essayist, Law Professor at Fordham University, and Director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society, http://www.ForumOnLawCultureAndSociety.org.|
Thane Rosenbaum is a novelist, essayist, and law professor. He is the author of two novels, The Golems of Gotham (Harper Collins 2002, and a San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Book) and Second Hand Smoke (St. Martin’s Press 1999, and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award), and a collection of short stories, Elijah Visible (St. Martin’s Press 1996, which received the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for the best book of Jewish-American fiction). His articles, reviews, and essays appear frequently in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post, among other national publications. He appears frequently at the 92nd Street Y where he moderates an annual series of discussions on Jewish culture and politics. He is the John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer in Law at Fordham Law School, where he teaches human rights, legal humanities, and law and literature, and where he directs the Forum on Law, Culture & Society (http://www.ForumOnLawCultureAndSociety.org). He is the author of The Myth of Moral Justice: Why Our Legal System Fails to Do What’s Right (Harper Collins 2004), which was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the Best Books of 2004. His most recent book is an anthology entitled, Law Lit, From Atticus Finch to "The Practice": A Collection of Great Writing About the Law (The New Press 2007).
The Golems of Gotham (HarperCollins Publishers 2002); (paperback, Harper Perennial 2003).
Second Hand Smoke (St. Martin’s Press 1999); (paperback, St. Martin’s Griffin 2000); (Dutch publications, Yesterday's Smoke, Bzztoh 1999).
Elijah Visible (St. Martin’s Press 1996); (paperback, St. Martin’s Griffin 1999).
The Myth of Moral Justice: Why Our Legal System Fails to Do What's Right (HarperCollins Publishers 2004); (paperback, Harper Perennial 2005). Payback: The Case for Revenge (University Of Chicago Press 2013)
Law Lit: From Atticus Finch to the Practice: A Collection of Great Writing About the Law (Editor) (The New Press 2007).
Appearances in Documentary Films
- “Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust” (Daniel Anker, director and producer).
- “Forgiveness: A Time to Love & A Time to Hate” (Helen Whitney, director and producer).
Short Stories Featured on Radio
- "The Maccabee of Miami Beach," Chanukah Lights 2005 and 2006, National Public Radio, December 2005.
- "Cattle Car Complex," Selected Shorts (read by Mark Nelson), National Public Radio, first recorded at Symphony Space, in Manhattan, New York, April 17, 2002.
Prizes & Awards
- San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Books of 2004 for The Myth of Moral Justice: Why Our Legal System Fails to Do What's Right.
- San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Books of 2002 for The Golems of Gotham.
- Finalist, National Jewish Book Award 1999 for Second Hand Smoke.
- Edward Lewis Wallant Award 1996, Best Book of Jewish-American Fiction for Elijah Visible.
- HuffingtonPost.com, Thane Rosenbaum Blog
- Harry Walker Agency Biography
- Fordham Forum on Law, Culture & Society, http://www.ForumOnLawCultureAndSociety.org; http://www.flickr.com/photos/fordhamlawandculture/sets/