Benjamin Moser

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Benjamin Moser with a book manuscript.

Benjamin Moser (September 14, 1976) is an American writer, editor and translator, best known for his work involving Clarice Lispector and Susan Sontag.[1]


Born in Houston, Moser attended high school in Texas and France before graduating from Brown University with a degree in History. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Utrecht University.

Moser served as New Books Columnist for Harper's Magazine in 2009,[2] has published articles in The New York Review of Books, and is the author of a biography of the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector titled Why This World.[3] He has edited a series of new translations of Clarice Lispector's work at New Directions.[4]

In 2013, he was named the authorized biographer of the American writer Susan Sontag.[5] In 2019, he published a biography of Susan Sontag entitled Sontag: Her Life and Work.[6]

He has published translations from the Dutch, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.[citation needed]

He lives in Utrecht with his partners Arthur Japin, a Dutch writer, and Lex Jansen, a publisher.[7][8][9][10] He is Jewish, with German-Jewish origins. His sister is the author and politician Laura Moser.

Awards and honors[edit]



  • Benjamin Moser, Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, Oxford University Press (2009)/Haus Publishing Limited, ISBN 978-0-19-538556-4 (US), 978-1906598426 (UK)
  • Benjamin Moser, Clarice, uma biografia, Cosac Naify (2009).
  • Benjamin Moser, Sontag: Her Life and Work, Ecco (2019).



  • Benjamin Moser (Feb 2009). "Art is : the audacity of still life". Harper's. 318 (1905): 75–80, 82. Reviews Quentin Buvelot. The still lifes of Adriaen Coorte, 1683-1707. Waanders.


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