Jonathan Dee

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Jonathan Dee
Dee at the 2014
Brooklyn Book Festival
Born 1962 (age 52–53)
New York City
Occupation Writer
Nationality American

Jonathan Dee (born 1962) is an American novelist and non-fiction writer. His fifth novel, The Privileges, was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Early life[edit]

Dee was born in New York City.[citation needed] He graduated from Yale University,[1] where he studied fiction writing with John Hersey.[citation needed]


Dee's first job out of college was at The Paris Review,[1] as an Associate Editor and personal assistant to George Plimpton. Early in his tenure with Plimpton, Dee helped pull off the popular April Fool's joke about Sidd Finch, a fictitious baseball pitcher Plimpton wrote about for Sports Illustrated.[citation needed]

Dee has published six novels, including The Lover of History, The Liberty Campaign, St. Famous, Palladio, The Privileges, and, most recently, A Thousand Pardons. He is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, and contributor to Harper's. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University[2] and The New School.[3]

Dee collaborated on the oral biography of Plimpton, "George, Being George", published by Random House in 2008. He interviewed Hersey[4] and co-interviewed Grace Paley for The Paris Review‍ '​s The Art of Fiction series.[5]

Awards and fellowships[edit]

Dee was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2010 for criticism in Harper's. He has received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts[6] and the Guggenheim Foundation.[7] His 2010 novel, The Privileges, won the 2011 Prix Fitzgerald prize and was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He was the second winner of the St. Francis College Literary Prize.

Personal life[edit]

He lives in New York City.[citation needed]


  • The Lover of History (1990) (Houghton Mifflin)
  • The Liberty Campaign (1993) (Pocket Books)
  • St. Famous (1996) (Doubleday)
  • Palladio (2002) (Doubleday)
  • The Privileges (2010) (Random House)
  • A Thousand Pardons (2013) (Random House)


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