Anna Quindlen

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Anna Quindlen
Anna Quindlen.jpg
Born (1952-07-08) July 8, 1952 (age 64)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Residence Manhattan, New York
Occupation Columnist, novelist
Spouse(s) Gerald Krovatin

Anna Marie Quindlen (born July 8, 1952)[1][2] is an American author, journalist, and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992. She began her journalism career in 1974 as a reporter for the New York Post. Between 1977 and 1994 she held several posts at The New York Times.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to an Irish father and an Italian mother, Quindlen graduated in 1970 from South Brunswick High School in South Brunswick, New Jersey [4] and then attended Barnard College from which she graduated in 1974. She is married to prominent New Jersey attorney Gerald Krovatin whom she met while in college. Their sons Quindlen Krovatin and Christopher Krovatin are both published authors, and daughter Maria is an actress/comedian/writer.[5][6][7]

Anna Quindlen left journalism in 1995 to become a full-time novelist.

In 1999, she joined Newsweek, writing a bi-weekly column until announcing her semi-retirement in the May 18, 2009 issue of the magazine. Quindlen is known as a critic of what she perceives to be the fast-paced and increasingly materialistic nature of modern American life. Much of her personal writing centers on her mother who died at the age of 40 from ovarian cancer, when Quindlen was 19 years old.

She has written five novels, two of which have been made into movies. One True Thing was made into a feature film in 1998 for which Meryl Streep received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Black and Blue and Blessings were made into television movies in 1999 and 2003 respectively.

Quindlen participates in LearnedLeague under the name "QuindlenA".[8]


Writing in The New Republic, critic Lee Siegel cited Quindlen as an example of the "monsters of empathy" who "self subjugate and domesticate and assimilate every distant tragedy." He coined the term "The Quindlen Effect" to describe this phenomenon and suggested that it began with her Times column of December 13, 1992, in which Quindlen assailed the four alleged perpetrators of the Glen Ridge rape. "True to her niche," Siegel wrote, "Quindlen attacked with scathing indignation actions that no sane Times reader would ever defend."[9]

In 1999, Villanova University invited Anna Quindlen to deliver the annual commencement address. But once the announcement was made, a group of pro-life students planned a protest against Quindlen’s positions on reproductive rights and she withdrew as speaker.[10] The following year, however, she spoke at Villanova's graduation.[11]



  • A Quilt of a Country*
  • Living Out Loud (1988)
  • Thinking Out Loud (1994)
  • How Reading Changed My Life (1998)
  • Homeless (1998)
  • A Short Guide to a Happy Life(2000) ISBN 978-0-375-50461-7 from part of a cancelled commencement address that was to be given at Villanova
  • Loud and Clear (2004)
  • Imagined London (2004)
  • Being Perfect (2005)
  • Good Dog. Stay. (2007)
  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake (2012)[12]


  • Object Lessons (1991)
  • One True Thing (1994)
  • Black and Blue (1998)
  • Blessings (2002)
  • Rise and Shine (2006)
  • Every Last One: A Novel (2010)
  • Still Life with Bread Crumbs (2013)
  • Miller's Valley (2016)

Children's books[edit]

  • The Tree That Came To Stay (Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter) (1992)
  • Happily Ever After (Illustrated by James Stevenson) (1997)

New table pictorials[edit]



Industry awards[edit]

Honorary degrees[edit]

Other awards from universities[edit]

Other awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Anna Quindlen – Historical Records". MyHeritage. 
  2. ^ Krovatin, Quindlen (May 11, 2012). "Anna Quindlen talks about her new memoir 'Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake'". Christian Science Monitor. I'd done the research that showed that in the year I was born, 1952, average life expectancy was 68. 
  3. ^ "Authors: Anna Quindlen". Newsweek. Archived from the original on January 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Kalet, Hank (June 21, 2001). "From South Brunswick High School to a Pulitzer Prize: Nationally renowned writer, journalist has local roots". South Brunswick Post. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. 
  5. ^ Staff (June 15, 2014). "Weddings/Celebrations: Lynn Feng and Quindlen Krovatin". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Neyfakh, Leon (July 7, 2009). "Chris Krovatin, Anna Quindlen's Metalhead Son, Sells Novel to Broadway". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ Lane, Tahree (May 5, 2013). "On The Beauty of Aging, Quindlen: 'It can be so glorious'". The Blade (Toledo). 
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  10. ^ Eshleman, Russell E., Jr. (May 11, 1999). "Anna Quindlen Withdraws As Villanova Graduation Speaker". Philadelphia Inquirer. 
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  12. ^ New York Journal of Books
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