Benjamin Moser

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Benjamin Moser with the manuscript of Clarice Lispector's Complete Stories

Benjamin Moser (September 14, 1976) is an American writer who lives in Utrecht, Netherlands[1]


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

He is the New Books Columnist for Harper's Magazine,[2] a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, and the author of a biography of the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector titled Why This World.[3] He discovered the books of Clarice Lispector while studying Portuguese-language literature.

He has published translations from the Dutch, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. He speaks six languages in addition to these.[4]

He lives in Utrecht with his partner Arthur Japin (a Dutch writer) and Japin's publicist Lex Jansen. He is Jewish, with German-Jewish origins.

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 (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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