Ben Marcus

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Ben Marcus
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Marcus at Lannan Center
Born 1967 (age 50–51)
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Alma mater New York University;
Brown University
Genre Short Story, Novel
Literary movement Experimental literature;
Spouse Heidi Julavits
Children Delia Marcus and Solomon Marcus

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.


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.


Marcus' influences include Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, Donald Barthelme, Richard Yates, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Bernhard, Padgett Powell, J. M. Coetzee, Kōbō Abe, Gary Lutz, and George Saunders.

Awards and honours[edit]



Other works[edit]


  • Chemical Seuss, from
  • Thomas Bernhard, from
  • On the Lyric Essay, from
  • 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

Short fiction[edit]


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  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. 
  7. ^ "2013 Fellows in the United States and Canada". Archived from the original on March 31, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Congratulating the 2013 / 2014 Berlin Prize Recipients". The American Academy in Berlin. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Creative Capital Announces 2009 Artists". Creative Capital Foundation. Archived from the original on June 28, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Morton Dauwen Zabel Award". Archived from the original on August 23, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Yaddo Whiting Writers' Award Recipients 1985 - 2012". Archived from the original on April 4, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  12. ^ "NEA Fellowships 40-Years" (PDF). National Endowment for the Arts. March 2006. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 19, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  13. ^ U Chicago Writers, Ben Marcus,

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