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 earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Utrecht University.

Moser served as New Books Columnist for Harper's Magazine beginning 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]

In 2013, he was named the authorized biographer of the American writer Susan Sontag.[4]. The book, "Sontag: Her Life and Work," will be published in the fall of 2019.[5]

He has published translations from the Dutch, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

He lives in Utrecht with his partner Arthur Japin, a Dutch writer.[6] 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 (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.


  1. ^ "Great Homes and Destinations". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  2. ^ "Harper's Magazine Names Benjamin Moser as New Books Columnist". Reuters. 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  3. ^ "Books Review". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  4. ^ "Benjamin Moser to Write Sontag Biography". New York Times. 2013-02-27. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  5. ^ "Sontag: Her Life and Work". Harper Collins Publishers. 2019-03-02. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  6. ^ "HP/De Tijd". HP/De Tijd. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  7. ^ "National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists for Publishing Year 2014". National Book Critics Circle. January 19, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
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