Benjamin Moser

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Benjamin Moser
Benjamin Moser with a book manuscript (cropped) 2.jpg
Born (1976-09-14) September 14, 1976 (age 44)
FamilyLaura Moser

Benjamin Moser (born September 14, 1976) is an American writer and translator.[1] For his biography of Susan Sontag, Sontag: Her Life and Work, he received the Pulitzer Prize.


Born in Houston, Moser attended St. John's School and graduated from Brown University with a degree in History. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Utrecht University. He is the brother of author and progressive political activist Laura Moser.

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][5] For his work as biographer, editor, and translator of Clarice Lispector, he was awarded the Prize for Cultural Diplomacy from the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations in 2016.[6]

In 2013, he was named the authorized biographer of the American writer Susan Sontag.[7] In 2019, he published a biography of Susan Sontag entitled Sontag: Her Life and Work, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2020.[8]

He has published translations from the Dutch, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.[citation needed] He has lived in the Netherlands, France, and Italy.[9]

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.


  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. Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  3. ^ "Books Review". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  4. ^ Edwards, Magdalena (16 August 2019). "Benjamin Moser and the Smallest Woman in the World". Los Angeles Review of Books. The Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  5. ^ "New Directions Resurrects Clarice Lispector with New Translations". Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  6. ^ "01/07/2016 - Americano que biografou Clarice recebe Prêmio Itamaraty de Diplomacia Cultural".
  7. ^ "Benjamin Moser to Write Sontag Biography". New York Times. 2013-02-27. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  8. ^ "'Sontag' Review: A Slave to Seriousness". Wall Street Journal.
  9. ^ "Benjamin Moser". Fondazione delle Arti Venezia. 5 April 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  10. ^ "National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists for Publishing Year 2014". National Book Critics Circle. January 19, 2015. Archived from the original on January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  11. ^ "Americano que biografou Clarice recebe Prêmio Itamaraty de Diplomacia Cultural". 2016-07-02.
  12. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation | Benjamin Moser". Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  13. ^ Retrieved May 4, 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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